Nick Cave Is Making A Book Out Of Stuff He Wrote On Sick Bags

Written by Nastassia Baroni on 23rd March, 2015

Nick Cave Is Making A Book Out Of Stuff He Wrote On Sick Bags

Listen, it’s Nick Cave‘s world and we’re all just living in it. Now the enigmatic muso is making another foray into the publishing world with a book comprised of musings he wrote on airline sick bags while on the Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds North American tour in 2014.

What began as notes scribbled on conveniently placed and structurally durable paper bags during flights, soon “grew into a restless, full-length, epic poem, seeking out the roots of inspiration, love and meaning.” The book is aptly titled The Sick Bag Song.

According to publisher Canongate, The Sick Bag Song blends poetry, lyrics, memories, musings, flights of fancy and journal entries. Stylistically, they say, “it lies somewhere between The Wasteland and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas“.

If you want a copy, The Sick Bag Song, will be available in two different packages. The first Unlimited Edition will be published on 8th April 2015, and features the boxed hardback edition of The Sick Bag Song, an audio download of Nick Cave reading the book (!) and the eBook. It’s priced at £30.00, so around $AU58.00.

The Limited Edition (so 220 copies) will be published on 4th June and includes a sick bag signed and personally customised by Nick Cave with notes, doodles and musings. Pus a signed and numbered special edition of The Sick Bag Song book and a limited pressing of Nick Cave reading the book on a white vinyl double LP. It comes with a slightly heftier price tag of £750.00, so about $AU1,443.00.

Preorder copies here, and listen to Cave reading a few of the book’s first lines, below.

Listen: Nick Cave – The Sick Bag Song – Trailer


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