Nick Cave Wants A Kickstarter Funeral

Written by Greg Moskovitch on 6th February, 2014

Nick Cave Wants A Kickstarter Funeral

Australian rock royalty and ARIA Hall of Fame inductee Nick Cave has opened up about what ought to be done with his remains after his passing during an interview about his upcoming film project, 20,000 Days on Earth, joking that he’d like a huge gravestone funded by a Kickstarter campaign.

The unconventional documentary project is the work of filmmakers and previous Cave collaborators Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard and contains improvised scenes of Cave working in his office, dining with songwriting partner Warren Ellis, and consulting with psychoanalysts and archivists.

The film is also of interest to Cave fans for scenes in which the former Birthday Party frontman interviews past collaborator Kylie Minogue and Einstürzende Neubauten frontman and Bad Seeds founding member Blixa Bargeld, while Cave himself chauffeurs them around town in a car.

“There was this sudden snatching of this character out of my life on a grand scale,” Cave told HitFix. “God knows why he agreed to do it… it ended up being a really beautiful thing. When I see Blixa in that car, my heart leaps… I’m reminded what an incredibly powerful presence that this guy was.”

During a scene in which Cave is surrounded by scrapbooks, photos, and film prints documenting his illustrious career as a musician, author of two successful novels, and screenwriter, he suggests saving some of the documents for the inevitable “Nick Cave Memorial Museum.”

When queried about how the Australian music icon does wish to be remembered, he answered tongue-in-cheek, “The idea at the moment is that we make a huge gravestone, an extremely big one, and we fund it on Kickstarter. And if you give me £10,000, consider your name engraved on it.”

WATCH: Nick Cave Interview with HitFix


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