Boy on Fire: The Young Nick Cave (Paperback)

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An intensely beautiful, profound, and poetic biography of the formative years of the dark prince of rock 'n' roll, Boy on Fire is Nick Cave's creation story, a portrait of the artist first as a boy, then as a young man. A deeply insightful work that charts his family, friends, influences, milieu, and, most of all, his music, the book reveals how Nick Cave shaped himself into the extraordinary artist he would become. A powerful account of a singular, uncompromising artist, Boy on Fire is also a vivid and evocative rendering of a time and place, from the fast-running dark rivers and ghost gums of country-town Australia to the torn wallpaper, sticky carpet, and manic energy of the nascent punk scene which hit staid 1970s Melbourne like an atom bomb. Boy on Fire is a stunning biographical achievement.

About the Author

Mark Mordue is an Australian writer, journalist, and editor. He is a co-winner of the 2014 Peter Blazey Fellowship, which recognizes an outstanding manuscript in the fields of biography, autobiography, or life writing, and also the author of Dastgah: Diary of a Headtrip. He lives in Sydney.

Praise For…

"[An] expertly detailed account of the prodigious entertainer's early years. All the relevant voices have their say, creating a wonderfully alive picture of this tumultuous time...Anyone looking to join the dots of Cave's music and career will appreciate this work, as will those interested in how life shapes art." —Bookseller and Publisher

"Nuanced and unflinching, this conversational collection of stories and reminiscences paints a compelling picture of Cave, drawing on the friendships and creative influences that helped shape one of Australia's most enigmatic sons." —The Age
Product Details
ISBN: 9781838953706
ISBN-10: 1838953701
Publisher: Atlantic Books
Publication Date: June 4th, 2021
Pages: 432
Language: English