The Sick Bag Song

By Nick Cave

From the inimitable Nick Cave comes a enchanting exploration of affection, idea, and reminiscence that chronicles his 2014 twenty-two-city American travel with the undesirable Seeds.

The ill Bag Song began lifestyles scribbled on paper airlinesick baggage in the course of Cave’s 2014 journey. It quickly grew right into a stressed full-length modern odyssey. 

Spurred via encounters with modern day North the US, beset through longing and exhaustion, Cave teases out the numerous moments, the folks, the books, and the track that experience encouraged him. Drawing notion from Leonard Cohen, John Berryman, Patti Smith, Sharon Olds, people ballads and old texts, The ailing Bag Song takes the shape of a quest, turning over questions of creativity, loss, loss of life, and romance. either mythic and level-headed within the now, it lies someplace among The Waste Land and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. it's also a better half piece to the Sundance award-winning function documentary 20,000 Days in the world.  
This superbly packaged hardcover might be a centerpiece for any fan's library, in addition to a poetic creation for the uninitiated to the unlimited inventive universe of this residing legend. 

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