Nick Cave’s Favorite Books


The favorite books of music icon Nick Cave are examined below.  Cave, front-man of the Bad-Seeds, Grinderman, and The Birthday Party, is also an accomplished author (And the Ass Saw the Angel and The Death of Bunny Munro: A Novel), poet, film scorer (The Road), and screenwriter (Lawless (adapted from Matt Bondurant’s The Wettest County in the World: A Novel Based on a True Story) and The Proposition).  The books below were compiled following an exhaustive review of numerous interviews with Cave over the years – for more information on a book, feel free to click on the associated image for more information (via Amazon).


We examined the favorite books of author Bret Easton Ellis in a subsequent post: Bret Easton Ellis – Favorite Books

We examined the favorite books of author Flannery O’Connor in a subsequent post: Flannery O’Connor’s Favorite Books

We examined the favorite books of author Cormac McCarthy in a subsequent post: The Books that Influenced Cormac McCarthy

On Cave’s site The Red Hand Files, wherein he answers questions posed by fans, Cave stated that Rothenberg’s Technicians Of The Sacred “is an anthology of spiritual writings from around the world. It is probably the single most important book on poetry I have ever read. It has been a heavy influence over my songwriting – more than I’d like to admit. If there is anyone out there struggling to write lyrics, get your hands on this book; immerse yourselves in it, live inside it for a while, free your mind, and you will emerge brimming with ideas. Jerome Rothenberg recently released a revised edition of Technicians, so it is easily available. For those of you who are interested, this is well worth investigating.”

For more on Cave, check out the following:

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