Musician and author Nick Cave thrilled a rapt audience at iTunes Live: London Festival ‘09 with a reading from his new book, ‘The Death of Bunny Munro’. The Australian rocker discussed the origins of the story as a screenplay and the dark and twisted road down which the title character drives.
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Nick Cave is best known as a singer-songwriter and front man of the legendary Bad Seeds. But he has a second life as a novelist, and has just published his second book, The Death of Bunny Munro, which comes complete with a surround-sound audio version with music he has composed himself.
He describes the challenge of creating a multi-media novel, and explains why he decided to write about a drug-addled sex maniac. He also muses on father-son relationships, seagulls and the attractions of Brighton. Along the way, he reveals why novels are easier to write than songs, what he gets up to on the tour bus and why he is praying that Kylie Minogue will forgive him.
Love, violence, death and America have always been themes for Australian-born singer-composer Nick Cave — Murder Ballads and Abbatoir Blues are just two of his album titles — so he was perhaps a natural to compose the soundtrack for last year’s epically paranoid Western The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.
Cave also wrote the screenplay and soundtrack for the Australian epic The Proposition, which Roger Ebert described as "pitiless and uncompromising, so filled with pathos and disregarded innocence that it is a record of those things we pray to be delivered from."
Cave appeared in Wim Wenders’ 1987 film Wings of Desire, and he’s written both plays and novels.
Now Cave has released a new CD with his band the Bad Seeds. The title? Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!! The inspiration, he says, is the Biblical story of Lazarus’ return from the grave.
This special edition of Book Talk features three interviews recorded on location at Edinburgh International Book Festival last month.
Kate Summerscale, author of the phenomenally successful The Suspicions of Mr Whicher discusses the results of her success and her new book, another fascinating piece of historical non-fiction, Mrs Robinson’s Disgrace.
Angelmaker author Nick Harkaway talks about how being the son of John Le Carre meant being raised in ‘a house full of stories’, as well as going into detail about his own fiction writing.
Lastly, debut novelist Natasha Soobramanien explains her fascination with islands and describes how years of life experience shaped her novel Genie and Paul.