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Nick Cave’s Illustrated Autobiography “Stranger Than Kindness” Out Next Year Along With Exhibition

Nick Cave has announced his upcoming illustrated biography Stranger Than Kindness—”a journey in images and words into the creative world of musician, storyteller and cultural icon Nick Cave,” according to the book’s press release.

“This highly collectable book contains images selected by Cave from ‘Stranger Than Kindness: The Nick Cave Exhibition’, presented by the Royal Danish Library in partnership with Arts Centre Melbourne.

“Featuring full-colour reproductions of original artwork, handwritten lyrics, photographs and collected personal artefacts, it presents Cave’s life, work and inspiration and explores his many real and imagined universes.”

The book is out March 23, 2020, Stranger Than Kindness and along with the images contains “commentary and meditations” from Cave and writer Darcey Steinke. The book will be sold for £35 (approximately $45) and “asks what shapes our lives and makes us who we are, and celebrates the curiosity and power of the creative spirit.”

Next year, the Gucci sponsored Stranger Than Kindness: The Nick Cave Exhibition will open at the Black Diamond in Copenhagen, having a more than 6 month run between March 23rd and October 3rd.

The event will feature extensive installations, focusing on more than 50 years in Cave’s life across eight rooms featuring a selection of handwritten lyrics, literature, videos, set designs and personal “artefacts”. These “artefacts” are 300 objects from Cave’s own collection, alongside the collections of the Royal Danish Library.

These displays will also feature atmospheric soundscapes which have been recorded by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis.

Note that the cover image for this event is “Self Cleanse”, a painting of Cave by artist Ben Smith representing the ‘parental role’ of an older Nick Cave towards his younger self.

Meanwhile, next year Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds are set to embark on a tour in support of their recently released seventeenth studio album Ghosteen.

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