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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (31 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141027142
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141027142
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 584,461 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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His lyrics deal with passion on the edge, and are peopled with mad bayou preachers, black-hearted lovers and killers. His language is rich, poetic, apocalyptic (Guardian)

Richly poetic creations which live a second life on the page ... Essential reading (Vox)

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Nick Cave was born in Australia in 1957. He moved to London with his band The Birthday Party in 1990 and four years later he formed The Bad Seeds, with whom he has made 15 studio albums. In 1999 he curated and directed the Meltdown Festival at London's South Bank Centre. His novel And the Ass Saw the Angel was an international bestseller, Time Out's Book of the Year, and was reissued in the Penguin Essential series.

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Jason Parkes #1 HALL OF FAME on 11 Jun. 2007
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'The Complete Lyrics, 1978 - 2007' gathers together all of Nick Cave's lyrics to date, from 'Prayers on Fire' by The Birthday Party to this year's Grinderman set. The collection doesn't limit itself to the seperate albums, collecting the lyrics that made up b-sides and placing them in the same era as the albums they were companions to. This makes the book very enjoyable reading, tracing Cave's development and also making an ideal companion to the b-sides box-set from a year or so ago. There's also an enjoyable foreword from Will Self and a brief lecture ('The Secret Life of the Song') delivered by Cave himself.

The early Birthday Party stuff is fun, though is probably the weakest/most reductive stuff here - it really needs to be listened to very loudly as you imagine the ghost of Tracey Pew beating the **** out of his bass in heaven or in hell. Ironically, as The Birthday Party began to implode with the intense 'Bad Seed' and 'Mutiny' e.p.'s , Cave's lyrics became far more literate. It is here that the roots of Cave's sole novel to date, 'And the Ass Saw the Angel', are to be found - 'Swampland' imagining the anti-hero of that novel sinking in the quicksand, as he's pursued by bounty hunters (this also reminds you of a few novels by William Faulkner!). There is some beauty and poetry to be found in songs like 'Wild World' and 'Jennifer's Veil', e.g. "She drew the curtain on hr face/Ever since they came and burnt the old place down."

Cave began writing his novel during a stay in West-Berlin, the first Bad Seeds LP pouring out of him - 'From Her to Eternity' took the obssessive thing much further, while 'St Huck' span a Biblical yarn around Twain's figure, advancing the earlier approach found in the Southern Gothic Shakespeare of 'Hamlet (Pow, Pow, Pow).
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By KC on 15 Oct. 2013
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As a literature student currently writing a thesis on Cave's work, it seemed most useful that a new and updated edition of this book should be published at just the same time I began my research. Cave's lyrical prowess is, at this point, beyond dispute - the two stars are for the edition itself. It's not an exaggeration to say that nearly every song has at least one lyric which differs from Cave's recorded version. Songs like 'The Mercy Seat' and 'Wanted Man' might as well not be in the book, so drastically is the lyric on the page different from that in the song. Indeed, the latter contains huge swathes where the transcriber seems to have either gone with Cave's early notework for the track or just lazily discarded whole verses. Similar deficiencies occur on well over half of the pages. A shoddy release.
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By ralph morris on 4 Feb. 2014
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GREAT BOOK,SONGS OR POEMS?LYRICS OR TALES?LOVE OR HATE?LIFE OR DEATH?WHATEVER YOU THINK THERE IS DEFINTE ANGST,LIKE AN OLD BUZZCOCKS TUNE ONLY MUCH DARKER.BE ENTHRALLED.
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By Steed on 28 July 2013
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Would recommend to nick cave fan . Easy to use and a great present . Want him to write more Now
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By E. Y. Troup on 14 Aug. 2009
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an excellent book for all nick cave fans- without the music, the songs read like pure poetry, giving his songs even more depth and aiding understanding- but why no lyrics to the renowned Stagger Lee?
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By Alison in Marlow on 8 Jan. 2015
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The perfect book, for nick Cave lyrics, says the 24 year old recipient of this book!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By BrixCherie on 3 July 2014
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COMPLETE? But it has NO STAGGER LEE!!!!

Great intro and some nice personal notes from Monseigneur Cave, it is magical to read the words which provoke all the insistent rhythms and chanting in my head!
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