Broadcast on ABC Radio National, Sunday 06 February 2005
Singer and writer Nick Cave has undergone numerous transformations in the course of his career – from the ecstatic nihilism he embodied as front man of post punk outfit The Birthday Party, through gothic ‘Prince of Darkness’ to not quite to be believed lounge lizard crooner. He remains a man of many parts - last week he headlined a Leonard Cohen tribute concert at the Sydney Opera House, and later this year will see the release of a film based on a screenplay by Cave; he continues to record and tour with the Bad Seeds. The Nick Cave myth has been built up by a steady accumulation of apocrypha - stories of his battle with heroin addiction, his religious beliefs and his peripatetic lifestyle (living variously in Rio, Berlin and London). ‘The Sacred and Profane’ dates from the period of the publication of Cave’s first novel, ‘And the Ass Saw The Angel’, and features Cave reading from the manuscript, accompanied by his piano improvisations, recorded in an ABC studio. As much about the nature of myth making and obsession as it is about Cave himself, ‘The Sacred and The Profane’ features his fans as well as his music. Duration 55 mins. Radio documentary feature.