16 November 2023
In his new book DARKER WITH THE DAWN: SONGS OF LOVE AND DEATH author, journalist and poet ADAM STEINER reflects upon NICK CAVE‘s journey from his Australian childhood to his struggles with drug addiction and young fascination with the nightmare landscapes of America’s Wild West and southern gothic, toward a reckoning with his own Christian spirituality.
In a career spanning four decades, Cave’s songwriting has moved from the sinners and saints of murder ballads to piano-based songs of heartbreak, deconstructed garage rock, and ambient fever dreams. Steiner dives into the world of a complex songwriter who continues to speak to us of the light and shade of humanity.
Darker With The Dawn uncovers the history and deeper meanings behind Nick Cave and
The Bad Seeds’ most well-known songs from “Tupelo”, “The Mercy Seat”, “Red Right Hand”, “Stagger Lee”, “Into My Arms”, to “Higgs Boson Blues” and beyond.
Out on December 1.
Mat Snow former editor of Mojo, author of Nick Cave: Sinner Saint: “Nick Cave has created a body of work across music, prose, and screen unmatched in its impact, depth, and erudition by few artists. At last, we have a critical analysis that does this achievement justice. Adam Steiner has set the benchmark for many years to come.”
Adam Steiner is also the author of Into The Never: Nine Inch Nails And The Creation Of The Downward Spiral and the recently published Silhouettes and Shadows – David Bowie’s Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps). More info on his website.