Nick Cave Talks ‘Faith, Hope, and Carnage’ in New Memoir


Art rock icon Nick Cave is a complex character, who has been marred by tragedy in recent years. Faith, Hope and Carnagea memoir arriving this month, crafted from more than 40 hours of intimate conversations with Observer journalist Seán O’Hagan – will offer an in-depth look at Cave’s life and music over the years since the 2015 death of his 15-year-old son, Arthur, before the loss of his son, Jethro, earlier this year .

The synopsis of the memoir reads: “The book examines issues of faith, art, music, freedom, grief and love. It is frankly inspired by Cave’s life, from his early childhood to the present day, his loves, his work ethic and his dramatic transformation in recent years. From a place of thoughtful reflection, Faith, Hope and Carnage offers scales of hope and inspiration from a true creative visionary. A project prompted by the 2020 pandemic and the blockages that followed, the book was born from hours of telephone conversations between the musician and the writer.

“This is the first interview I’ve given in years,” the “Red Right Hand” singer explained in a statement. “It lasts more than 40 hours. That should do me for the duration, I think.

“It’s been a strange, grounded pleasure talking to Sean O’Hagan during these uncertain times,” Cave continued.

Amid discussions of creativity, grief, mortality and more, Faith, Hope and Carnage is a memoir of “intimate and often startling conversations in which Nick Cave speaks honestly about his life, his music, and the dramatic transformation of the two, brought on by personal tragedy,” O’Hagan added.

An exclusive excerpt from the book was recently posted by O’Hagan ahead of its September 20 release.

The singer and his musical partner, Warren Ellis, are currently touring their native country as part of the Australian Carnage Tour. A UK book signing tour is currently planned for the release of Faith, Hope and Carnage.

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