A journey in images and words into the creative world of musician, storyteller, and cultural icon Nick Cave.
One of the world’s most celebrated artists, Nick Cave has enthralled and intrigued fans for more than four decades. With Stranger Than Kindness he reveals his innermost creative process as never before. Vibrant, evocative, and startlingly intimate, this remarkable volume peels back the layers of a unique artist, illuminating the inspiration that drives his work and exploring his many universes, both real and imagined.
Featuring full color reproductions of original artwork, handwritten lyrics, photographs, and collected personal artifacts, Stranger Than Kindness ponders the origins of our deepest influences—what shapes our lives and makes us who we are—and celebrates the curiosity and power of the creative spirit.
Songwriter Cave compiles an assortment of his personal "peripheral stuff drawings, maps, lists, doodles, photographs, paintings, collages, scribblings and drafts which are the secret and unformed property of the artist" in this fascinating look at the philosophical and religious underpinnings of his music. Cave's band, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, recorded 17 albums after it was formed in 1983 and dabbled with alternative rock, experimental rock, art rock, post-punk, and gothic rock. The music's evolution is given plenty of context by the ephemera included (also the focus of a 2020 exhibition at the Royal Danish Library in Copenhagen, Denmark), among it more than 200 illustrations, a set of introductory notes by Cave reflecting on his process ("You are born. You build yourself piece by piece. You construct a narrative"), and family photos from the 1970s and '80s. There are some truly stellar images, like the perfectly preserved scrap of paper on which he wrote the lyrics to his smash hit "Wild World" in 1982 and photographs of the handmade notebooks in which he wrote songs. This offering sheds new light on the complexity of Cave's process and the range of disparate materials that can trigger an artist's creativity. Cave's fans will not want to miss this.