logo logo


  • The cult rock singer was born to a librarian and a schoolteacher of Anglican persuasion.

  • Education

    • in 2008 - an honorary Doctor of Laws from this university. In 2010 - an Honorary Degree from the University of Dundee and in 2012 - a Doctor of Letters from Faculty of Arts at the University of Brighton.


    • Two years into art school, Cave left and founded his band, The Boys Next Door, with childhood friend, Mick Harvey. The band, obsessed with death, religion, love and violence, evolved into The Birthday Party and moved to London in 1980, injecting wit and raw emotion into British rock. The Birthday Party moved on to Berlin in 1983 and spilt up, but the foundation of Harvey and Cave survived, and together they built the post-punk band the Bad Seeds. Cave's dark baritone continued to explore

      gloom, and his musical arrangements moved between blues, gospel and rock. Their 1984 debut, From Her to Eternity, was followed by 1985's The Firstborn Is Dead. The Bad Seeds released two records in 1986. Cave met Viviane Carneiro and moved to Brazil and had a son. There he wrote the novel 'And the Ass Saw the Angel', the haunting story of a criminal attacked by a lynch mob. The book was well reviewed and translated into ten languages. The potency of love and sun in Brazil broke through in the melodious, even friendly tone of 'The Good Son' (1990). The band's seventh album, 'Henry's Dream' was released in 1992 and was supported with a full-scale world tour. In 1993, Cave returned to London. The release of their 10th album, 'Murder Ballads', three years later with guest appearances by PJ Harvey, Shane MacGowan and Kylie Minogue was a commercial success. The album dealt exclusively with murder. Cave returned in 1997, with the introspective and personal 'The Boatman's Call'. He currently lives in London, where he co-owns a restaurant with members of INXS and Madness.

    Major achievements

    • Bibliography

      King Ink (1988)

      And the Ass Saw the Angel (1989)

      King Ink The second (1997)

      The Pocket Canons: Books of the Bible (1998)

      Complete Lyrics (2001)

      The Complete Lyrics: 1978-2006 (2007)

      The Death of Bunny Munro (2009)

      Studio albums

      1979 : Door, Door (by The Boys Next Door)

      1981 : Prayers on Fire (by The Birthday Party)

      1982 : Junkyard (by The Birthday Party)

      1984 : From Her to Eternity

      1985 : The Firstborn Is Dead

      1986 : Kicking Against The Pricks

      1986 : Your Funeral... My Trial

      1988 : Tender Prey

      1990 : The Good Son

      1992 : Henry's Dream

      1994 : Let Love In

      1996 : Murder Ballads

      1997 : The Boatman's Call

      2001 : No More Shall We Part

      2003 : Nocturama

      2004 : Abattoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus

      2007 : Grinderman

      2008 : Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!

      2010 : Grinderman 2


      And the Ass Saw the Angel, readings of the novel (1988), plus theatre score (1993) – text by Cave, music composed by Harvey and Ed Clayton-Jones

      To Have and to Hold, soundtrack (1996) – composed with Harvey & Bargeld

      Woyzeck, theatre score (2005) – composed with Warren Ellis (Not available on Civil Defense or vinyl.)

      The Proposition, soundtrack (2005) – composed with Ellis

      Metamorphosis, theatre score (2006) – composed with Ellis (Not available on Civil Defense or vinyl.)

      The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, soundtrack (2007) – composed with Ellis

      The English Surgeon, soundtrack (2007) – composed with Ellis (Not available on Civil Defense or vinyl; only available on White Lunar; see below.)

      The Girls of Phnom Penh, soundtrack (2009) – composed with Ellis (Not available on Civil Defense or vinyl; only available on White Lunar; see below.)

      The Death of Bunny Munro, soundtrack (2009) – composed with Ellis

      The Road, soundtrack (2009) – composed with Ellis (Soundtrack released in 12 January 2010)

      White Lunar, soundtrack compilation (2009) – composed with Ellis (2CDs. Disc one contains high lights from The Proposition, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, and The Road. Disc 2 contains work from The English Surgeon and The Girls of Phnom Penh, as well as four unreleased pieces "from the archives".

      The Metamorphosis, (Forvandlingen- Norwegian national theatre) soundtrack (2012) –


    raised as an Anglican

    called himself a Christian


    Quotations: People think I'm a miserable sod but it's only because I get asked such bloody miserable questions.

    I'm a believer. I don't go to church. I don't belong to any particular religion, but I do believe in God. I couldn't write what I write about and be creative without a certain form of belief.

    I've always had an obligation to creation, above all.

    I'm very happy to hear that my work inspires writers and painters. It's the most beautiful compliment, the greatest reward. Art should always be an exchange.

    An artist's duty is rather to stay open-minded and in a state where he can receive information and inspiration. You always have to be ready for that little artistic Epiphany.


    Nicholas Cave
    See on larger map
    Born September 22, 1957
    (age 60)
    • 1973
      Singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, writer, actor, composer
    • 1976 - 1977
      Monash University



    Polezhaeva Tory last changed 09/10/2012 view changes
    • College/University
      • Monash University
        • Incomplete
    Edit Profile