The Rapture – Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds’ Ghosteen

Nick Cave’s ‘Higgs Boson Blues’ are no longer opening up the mysteries of the universe. Those mysteries are closing down. Welcome to the goodbye mass.

Read More

Remembering Scott Walker

Earlier this year I was invited into Radio National’s The Music Show to speak with host Andrew Ford about the life and music of the recently deceased singer and composer, Scott Walker.

Read More

Down by the River: Nick Cave’s boyhood in Wangaratta (1959-70)

Here is a chapter from my long awaited biography, Tender Prey: The Life and Times of Nick Cave, a work-in-progress that’s been derailed and locked down by all kinds of problems: personal, professional and legal…

Read More

Dead Set

Poverty is a disease. Newstart is its major vector in Australia. Sign on and you become dysfunctional and grotesque, a creature excluded from a society trying to protect itself.

Read More

Stuck in Honey – The Cure live streamed from the Sydney Opera House

Here’s my ‘live’ review of The Cure as they were being live streamed online playing ‘Disintegration’ at the Sydney Opera House. I started taking photos of my TV screen and found myself drawn inside…

Read More