The Sick Bag Song

The Sick Bag Song

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From the inimitable Nick Cave comes a mesmerizing exploration of love, inspiration, and memory that chronicles his 2014 twenty-two-city American tour with The Bad Seeds.

From the inimitable Nick Cave comes a mesmerizing exploration of love, inspiration, and memory that chronicles his 2014 twenty-two-city American tour with the Bad Seeds.

The Sick Bag Song began life scribbled on paper airlinesick bags during Cave’s 2014 tour. It soon grew into a restless full-length contemporary odyssey. 
 
Spurred by encounters with modern-day North America, beset by longing and exhaustion, Cave teases out the significant moments, the people, the books, and the music that have influenced him. Drawing inspiration from Leonard Cohen, John Berryman, Patti Smith, Sharon Olds, folk ballads and ancient texts, The Sick Bag Song takes the form of a quest, turning over questions of creativity, loss, death, and romance. Both mythic and grounded in the now, it lies somewhere between The Waste Land and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. It is also a companion piece to the Sundance award-winning feature documentary 20,000 Days on Earth.  
 
This beautifully packaged hardcover will be a centerpiece for any fan's library, as well as a poetic introduction for the uninitiated to the limitless imaginative universe of this living legend. 
 


Baker & Taylor
Traces the significant moments, people, books, and music that influenced the author during his 2014 North American tour.

Baker
& Taylor

From the inimitable Nick Cave comes a mesmerizing exploration of love, inspiration and memory that chronicles his 2014 22-city American tour with the Bad Seeds, a chronicle that began as scribbled jottings on paper air-sick bags. 25,000 first printing.

Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9780544814653
0544814657
Branch Call Number: 782.4216 CAVE CAVE
Characteristics: 117 pages ; 22 cm

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JCLBryanV Mar 20, 2017

If you're a Cave fan, this book-length poem is a welcome addition to his music, novels and screenplays. Written while on tour in 2014, The Sick Bag Song serves as a stream-of-consciousness verse diary of that tour.

peternappi Nov 17, 2016

A surprisingly gentle (almost whimsical), free ranging meditation on longing, music making, and life on the road. If you're a fan of Cave's recent albums, this short work will give you a new perspective on a familiar voice.

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