Nick Cave: A Study of Love, Death and Apocalypse

Nick Cave: A Study of Love, Death and Apocalypse

by Roland Boer


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This study analyses the work of Nick Cave, a singular, idiosyncratic and brilliant musician, specifically through his engagements with theology and the Bible. It does so not merely in terms of his written work, the novels and plays and poetry and lyrics that he continues to produce, but also the music itself. Covering more than three decades of extraordinarily diverse creativity, the book has seven chapters focusing on: the modes in which Cave engages with the Bible; the total depravity of the worlds invoked in his novels and other written work; the consistent invocation of apocalyptic themes; his restoration of death as a valid dimension of life; the twists of the love song; the role of a sensual and heretical Christ; and then a detailed, dialectical analysis of his musical forms. The book draws upon a select number of theorists who provide the methodological possibilities of digging deep into the theological nature of Caves work, namely Ernst Bloch, who is the methodological foundation stone, as well as Theodor Adorno, Theodore Gracyk and Jacques Attali.

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ISBN-13: 9781781790342
Publisher: Equinox Publishing
Publication date: 06/30/2013
Series: Studies in Popular Music
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Roland Boer is Research Professor at the University of Newcastle, Australia. His most recent book is Marxist Criticism of the Bible (2003), and his research is mostly focused on the intersections between biblical studies and critical theory.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. Searching the Holy Books 2. The Total Depravity of Caves Literary World 3. Some Routine Atrocity, or Apocalyptic 4. Death 5. God, Pain and the Love Song 6. Jesus of the Mon, or Christology 7. Hearing Round Corners: Nick Cave Meets Ernst Bloch Conclusion: Gates to the Garden The Search for Redemption

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