Nick Cave to release book, “The Sick Bag Song”

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Nick Cave may primarily be known for his status as a musician, (fronting bands like The Birthday Party, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, and Grinderman) but the 57-year old Australian has actually touched on several mediums throughout his lengthy and prolific career. He also is an occasional screen actor (perhaps most memorable for playing himself in Wim Wenders Wings of Desire), as well as a distinguished writer, whom has written several screenplays, novels and collections of poetry. Now, Nick Cave has announced that he will soon be making another contribution to the literary world, with a book that’s entirely written on…airplane sick bags?

Yep, the famed Aussie rocker will be releasing a book called The Sick Bag Song, which he originally hand-wrote on airplane sick bags during his 2014 North American tour with the Bad Seeds. It will be a mix of poetry, song lyrics, biographical information, journal entrees and personal musings. Ultimately though, Cave considers his book to be an epic poem that recites his experiences in the different locations he visited during the 22-city tour. Publisher Canongate Books describes the book as being a mixture of The Waste Land by T.S. Eliot, and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson.

The book will be issued in two additions. The first one is referred to as the “unlimited edition” and will be released April 8th. It will include the hardcopy of the book, the eBook, and an audiobook read by Cave, costing about $44 in total. The latter “limited” edition will be released June 4th. It will come with an actual sick bag customized by Cave that will feature handwritten “notes, doodles or lyrics”, and two vinyl LPs of Cave’s reading of the book. It will also include two versions of the book, one a limited edition hardcover, and the other a standard edition.

Cave is also taking a very unorthodox method with the book’s distribution, as it will not be available in stores, but instead be exclusively available through a website called This site also reveals that there will be three events where Nick Cave will be doing public readings from The Sick Bag Song, in the cities of Los Angeles (April 8), New York City (April 10), and London (April 16). Also, next week Cave will begin to release a series of short films to promote the book. They will be directed by Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard, whom previously helmed last year’s Nick Cave semi-documentary 20,000 Days on Earth.

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