Boy on fire : the young Nick Cave /

Publication Type:



Mordue, Mark,


Fourth Estate,, Sydney, NSW, Australia, p.xiii, 418 pages : (2020)

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(OCoLC)fst00832149, (OCoLC)fst01099238, Australia, Biography., fast, Rock musicians, Rock musicians.


Includes bibliographical references."The first volume of the long-awaited, near-mythical biography of Nick Cave, by award-winning writer, Mark Mordue. A beautiful, profound, profane and poetic biography of the early formative years of the dark prince of Australian rock 'n' roll, Boy on Fire is Nick Cave's creation story. This is the story of the artist first as a boy, then as a young man. A deeply insightful work which charts his family, friends, influences, milieu and, most of all, his music, it reveals how Nick Cave shaped himself into the extraordinary artist he would become. As well as a powerfully compelling biography of a singular, uncompromising artist, Boy on Fire is also a fascinating social and cultural biography, a vivid and evocative rendering of a time and place, from the fast-running dark river and ghost gums of Wangaratta, to the nascent punk scene which hit staid 1970s Melbourne like an atom bomb, right through to the torn wallpaper, sticky carpet and the manic, wild energy of nights at the Crystal Ballroom." -- Publisher's website.Prologue: the journalist and the singer -- Part I. The rider. Such is life; King and country -- Part II. The good son. Man in the Moon; Down by the river -- Part III. Sonny's burning. The word; Double trouble; Zoo music girl; Boy hero -- Part IV. God's hotel. Shivers; Flight from death; Crime and punishment -- Epilogue: the singer and the song.