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Musician, novelist, poet, actor: Nick Cave (b. 1957) is a Renaissance man. His wide-ranging artistic output—always uncompromising, hypnotic, and intense—is defined by an extraordinary gift for storytelling. In Nick Cave: Mercy on Me, Reinhard Kleist employs a cast of characters drawn from Cave’s music and writing to tell the story of a formidable artist and influencer. KleMusician, novelist, poet, actor: Nick Cave (b. 1957) is a Renaissance man. His wide-ranging artistic output—always uncompromising, hypnotic, and intense—is defined by an extraordinary gift for storytelling. In Nick Cave: Mercy on Me, Reinhard Kleist employs a cast of characters drawn from Cave’s music and writing to tell the story of a formidable artist and influencer. Kleist paints an expressive and enthralling portrait of Cave’s childhood in Australia; his early years fronting The Birthday Party; the sublime highs of his success with The Bad Seeds; and the crippling lows of his battle with heroin. Capturing everything from Cave’s frenzied performances in Berlin to the tender moments he spent with love and muse Anita Lane, Kleist’s graphic biography, like Cave’s songs, is by turns electrifying, sentimental, morbid, and comic—but always engrossing.  ...

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ISBN : 9781910593363
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Number of Pages : 327 Pages
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Nick Cave: Mercy on Me Reviews

  • karen
    2019-05-01 15:13

    someday i will learn not to read biographies of people i admire. it’s always kind of a letdown - you learn about all the times they were a jerk, or about all the ways in which they were dull, or about all the ways in which they were…byron. okay, that’s an exception, because it’s hard for byron to fall from grace when the bar is set so low. if anything, the bios i’ve read have made me realize he was less of a douche than his legacy. but i figured this one would be cooler, because it's in graphic novel format, and it's a mixture of biography and fantasy, in which nick cave interacts with characters from his own songs and novels, many of which are (rightfully) displeased with what he’s put them through. i don’t know how much cave contributed to this project (other than a backcover blurb), or how much kleist made up or drew from the nick cave mythos, but the end result is kind of might be my own lack of interest in hagiography, which is just as bad to me as bios that tear down the heroic gauze. judging solely on the artwork, it’s great, and had it just been a tale of nick cave being confronted by euchrid eucrow or elisa day etc, i think i would have loved it - mostly because kleist imagines euchrid to very closely resemble gollum, which is delightful.if there's ever a graphic novel version of And the Ass Saw the Angel, i will for sure buy itbut there’s just so mucha thisand thisall that teenage self-grandeur and “our music will change the world” and "oi punk rock fuck commercial rock and roll" and it's very…adolescent. which is fine and appropriate for depicting cave's rowdy reckless younger years, or during his addiction-clouded woolgathering, but in this book, he never quite seems to grow out of it. and that makes me squirm a little.because i like nick cave - i like the boys next door, i like the birthday party, i like the bad seeds - he puts on a good show, his voice is equally skilled in "howling anguish" as "come hither to look at my etchings;" i'm a fan of his lyrics, his poems, and his novels; with And the Ass Saw the Angel being very close to my heart. his thematic blend of religion, violence, and poetry, appeals to the grit lit lover in me, and he’s probably the artist that paved the way for my appreciation of that stuff during my formative years.but world-changing? wholly original? nah. that's a fantasy of adolescence. nothing is truly original, music never changed the world, and there are musicians who scraped my soul closer than nick cave ever did, who were classy enough to acknowledge their predecessors. this book gives a begrudging nod to johnny cash, but cave and pals spend more time talking shit about commercial rock, which in this case means postpunk, a musical period i happen to enjoy very much. nick cave does not get to talk shit about bauhaus, the psych furs, or siouxsie. dude, seriously?but that's fine - a lot of it is during cave's insufferable dostoyevsky-quoting youth, but the book kinds rushes the end. anita (lane) is all over the book and then just vanishes, even though they collaborated after their split, pj harvey and kylie minogue get a single panel mention, and so much is just glossed over. in a breathless sentence, marriage and kids and stability are fact-dropped before moving on. some of cave's most interesting work is being done during this time, and it's just barreled through and over. because boatman's call is too mellow and mopey and piano-y? because there's no interest in all the excellent musicians who contributed to murder ballads? i, for one, would love to have seen a cartoon shane macgowan. which may be redundant. this book covers nothing of cave's post-1999 work, and a lot of the book just feels like rotating hairstyles. it's pretty, but there's not enough meat to it. which is, i suppose, what you get when you pick up a biography made of pictures, but i was hoping for a little more oomph.

  • Nasia
    2019-04-29 17:08

    Δεν έχω λόγια να εκφράσω πόσο με γέμισε αυτό το graphic novel. Σωστότερη ωδή στον βάρδο ονόματι Nick Cave δεν μπορεί να υπάρξει. Ολόσωστο σχέδιο, καταπληκτικές συνθέσεις, πολύ ωραία επιλογή καρέ και στίχων τραγουδιών, ανατριχιαστικό.

  • David Schaafsma
    2019-04-23 15:11

    Musician, novelist, poet, actor Nick Cave was born and raised in Australia, fronted the band The Birthday Party and got famous with The Bad Seeds. He struggled with heroin but was all along inspired and supported by his lover and muse Anita Lane. Kleist’s graphic biography draws on a lot of Cave’s lyrics. I was not particularly a fan of Cave, but I am a fan of Kleist, who captures the spirit of Cave and that wild hard rock life in sort of punk musical pen and ink expressive drawing, wild and dark to match its subject. Feels like some of the darker work of Nate Powell (Swallow Me Whole). I really like the work of Kleist, best known for comics biographies such as Johnny Cash: I See Darkness; The Boxer (the story of concentration camp boxer Harry Haft; An Olympic Dream: The Story of Samia Yusuf Omar, and others. If you love Cave you might like this a lot--it is at this writing the highest rated of Kleist's work here on Goodreads--or you might like it less, as Goodreads friend Karen opined. The art and storytelling here are strong.

  • Solistas
    2019-05-06 13:59

    Άψογο πορτρέτο του Αρχηγού, απαραίτητο για όσους θέλουν να διατηρήσουν στη μνήμη τους για όσο το δυνατόν πιο πολύ την καλύτερη του συναυλία στην Αθήνα τα τελευταία 15-20 χρόνια

  • Makis Dionis
    2019-05-01 10:07

    Τα ακόρντα που πάλλονται αιώνια κ η διέξοδος της λύτρωσης...Can't remember anything at all,driving my car down to Geneva!!

  • Fábio Martins
    2019-05-12 08:55

    Não tenho a mínima possibilidade de saber como será que este livro resulta para os não indefectíveis. Quanto a mim, resultou perfeitamente. Uma hábil teia de ficção/biografia e mito, colocada numa perspectiva muito apelativa. Capítulos que são independentes mas se entrecruzam,e com estrutura cronológica que é,no geral,a natural, mas que não hesita em saltar no tempo,sem respeito particular ao bosao de Higgs. Canta-se tanto quanto se lê,e isso,neste caso, é extraordinário.Não sendo uma biografia de Nick Cave ( e eu já li algumas) é a imersão mais completa que já vi no seu universo emocional e criativo.

  • Bettie☯
    2019-04-27 13:09

    Reinhard Kleist’s graphic biography is full of visual delights, but the musician’s wit – crucial foil to his own myth-mongering – is less apparent

  • Luke
    2019-05-20 10:55

    So let's get this out of the way first: I am a Nick Cave fan. Not a rabid one, no - I don't believe he excretes perfect songs into the world, and almost every album he's associated with could do with having about a third chopped off it - but I like him well enough. I've seen him play a couple of times, and have most of the records. Hell, I've even read his books a couple of times. (Well, not the Bunny Munro one. )But there's something important to know: I like him while disliking him. And this kind of informs my take on Reinhard Kleist's book, because though it's an interesting conceit and it's done pretty well, it buys into the sort of worshipful treatment of the guy that is part of what I dislike the most about how he's cultivated these days. I'm kind of fine with the idea of the man firming up his legend for the future, even if it's something the award-rejecting "my muse may spook!" guy of earlier years would've pissed on. I can get that band members come and go and some may be treated shabbily or not. I just find it weird that he's gone from being part of a thrilling, occasionally dangerous band to being some kind of goth poet laureate, placed beyond middle-aged criticism, with his fans collaborators in firming up the myth of Aussie genius when it's more a case of Faulkner plus Berlin plus drugs plus Jebus. (Let's face it, the crowds back home were the reason Cave et al fucked off in the first place.)(Actually, this piece by Anwen Crawford covers my concerns in a much more elegant way than I could muster.)ANYWAY. The point is that I find that Cave is often considered beyond criticism, and I often wonder how much of this is tied in with him being the soundtrack to the youth (or the cooler older siblings) for a lot of those that call the critical shots, or who want to be convinced that their investment in same was worth it. I understand this, and I'm sure I'm guilty of it with bands. But Kleist's work here, I think, falls into the trap of uncritically lauding the bloke when it could've been a bit more nuanced. The work is a mixture of fact, fantasy and what happens when song characters leak into the world. Parts of the story take place in the framework of songs - we see the prisoner from 'The Mercy Seat', we experience a drive to CERN, we hang out by a river with a soon-to-be-dead Elisa Day, and we watch Jangling Jack fuck up his trip to the big smoke, amongst others. These sections are effective to varying degrees, and I like the idea that the man's creations are aware of him and desire some kind of reckoning, even though it's a bit too on-the-nose close to being an take on 'We Call Upon the Author'.The historical parts are interesting if you know the history of Cave's bands. I found it enjoyable to see Pew et co drinking their way through half-fucked gigs, and was rather taken with the fact that both Mick Harvey and Blixa Bargeld's hair is spectacular whenever they're pictured in the work. (The illustration style in the book - lots of marker? - is a mixed bag. When it's good, it is great, and Kleist is great at salting scene-setting details through the frame, and uses a lot of darkness to solid effect. But when it's bad, it seems pretty dire, especially when illustrating real people. I'm willing to forgive the shonky illustration of fictional characters, as I suspect that's an editorial choice rather than a fault in execution, but still it often drew me out of what was going on.)I just find the book presents its story in a very positive way, even the fucked parts. Sure, the Cave presented here is a bit of an arsehole: he fucks up bathrooms while off his tits, he's a junkie and a cheater and uncompromising and truculent as fuck. But it's all sort of filtered through the lens of viewing the work as being all-time great in total. Which, in some cases it is (fuck me, but 'Tupelo' is one for the ages, and to be fair he and his band have written more than a couple of classics) but it's not the entire story.I'm not sure how privy Cave was to the creation of the book: he's thanked in it, and offers a fairly good quote for the back cover. I don't know if he collaborated on the book particularly much, but I imagine it's a fairly positive portrait overall, so he'd not be that unhappy. I'm glad I read the book; I am. I just find that as I get older, Cave brings up more issues for me. I can't be as uncritically worshipful as I was when I was younger (and yes, hadn't read any Faulkner). I know a bunch about the guy, and Kleist's work provides some nice portraits of some of that - the move to Brazil, the recording of Tender Prey, the trips to rehab and the frenetic typing - but I felt overall it was a little too worshipful of the subject. That's on me. But fervent fans will absolutely love it. I didn't love it, but I do appreciate the work, and I did enjoy my time with the book. It's worth a look if you've been into the guy at some point, whether it was in the artist's big-hair or porno-mo phases.

  • Thomas
    2019-05-03 11:58

    #readathon17 - [11/26]<ένα κόμικς>

  • Diogenis Papadopoulos
    2019-05-10 08:55

    H ζωή, οι στίχοι και οι εμμονές του γνωστού τροβαδούρου οπτικοποιούνται από το πενάκι του Reinhard Kleist. H πορεία από τη γενέτειρα του χώρα στο Βερολίνο, οι Birthday Party, οι Bad Seeds, oι εφιάλτες του, όλα αρμονικά δεμένα σε ένα σουρεαλιστικό ταξίδι. Αν σας αρέσουν τα κόμιξ και λατρεύετε την μουσική του Cave, τότε πρέπει να το αποκτήσετε.Υ.Γ. Θα ήταν πλεονασμός να αναφέρω με τη μουσική υπόκρουση μπορεί να γίνει η ανάγνωση του Nick Cave: Mercy on Me.

  • Magda S
    2019-05-10 14:56

    Πάρα πολύ ωραίο Graphic Novel για το είδωλο Nick Cave.Ωραίο σχέδιο και ενδιαφέροντες οι ιστορίες από την ζωή του που έχουν επιλεχθεί: η αρχή στην Αυστραλία, το Λονδίνο, το Βερολίνο, οι Bad Sheeds, οι έρωτες και οι καταχρήσεις και τα τραγούδια-σταθμοί. Για εμένα τα καλύτερα και πιο ενδιαφέροντα σημεία ήταν όταν παρουσιάζονταν τα τραγούδια του Cave και όταν οι χαρακτήρες των τραγουδιών του και του έργου του ήρθαν στην πραγματικότητα σε ένα μείγμα φαντασίας, ονείρου και πραγματικότητας. Υ.Γ. Είχα goosebumps όταν διάβαζα το Red Right Hand εικονογραφημένο... :)

  • Ti Emme Rock
    2019-05-08 13:02

    A beautiful and magical journey into Nick Cave's art. It shows that creating is a painful process and I really like the idea of an artist confronting with his own characters. I didn't give it 5 stars because I think drawings should have been more accurate.

  • Dasha M
    2019-04-22 10:54

    Powerful and ambitious. The story of an artistic process, more so than a biography. I would kill for Kleist to create a full book just recreating Nick Cave songs.

  • Fries
    2019-05-07 14:03

    Lijvige “graphic novel meets biography”. Met harde, dikke zwarte lijnen geeft Kleist op eigenzinnige wijze ons een inkijk op Caves levensloop. Personages uit “the Mercy Seat”, “Wild roses”, “Tupelo”, “Higgs Boson” worden tot leven gewekt, net zoals Euchrid, de protagonist uit zijn roman “the Ass saw the angle”. We zien zijn rusteloze jeugd in Australië, de magere jaren van zijn band The Birthday Party in Londen, zijn frustraties in Berlijn, zijn drugsverleden en ontmoeting met Blixa en bezinning nadat een oudere Cave eindelijk rust vindt in zijn huwelijk. Miste wat humoristische knipoogjes, toch eigen aan de Caveman? Voor de rest, samen met een single malt een ideale reisgids op een druilerige herfstavond met de bijhorend playlist in de oortjes.

  • Greta
    2019-05-07 13:15

    What a masterful story-telling, the choice of images, the intensity that lures you in, page after page. A perfect read when Nick Cave's show is only 9 days away."Sometimes I hang around in a room in this cold city and it's like I'm lying down to die. Then you come and wake me. It's always you who wakes me."

  • Margkw
    2019-04-29 09:18

    Δεν εχω να πω και πολλά,είναι αριστουργηματικό και ευφυεστατο. Αψογη εικονογράφηση , εκπληκτικό. Αρχικα μετάνιωσα που πήρα τη μεταφρασμένη έκδοση,ευτυχως όμως η δουλειά του Γ.Ι.Μπαμπασάκη με αποζημίωσε.Παρα πολύ καλή απόδοση.Εύγε.

  • Ben
    2019-05-13 15:02

    Meh.Not completely familiar with the man's biography but a casual fan of his music. I do have a great deal of respect for him. Not sure this book did much to set him apart from any other post-punk musician. 3 stars for the effort. Has that fashionable half-truth, half-myth jive.

  • Devi
    2019-05-21 15:51

    Eine richtig tolle Graphic Novel ... aber möglicherweise so sehr geliebt, weil ich befangen bin als jemand, der Nick Cave toll findet.

  • Adrian
    2019-05-10 09:51

    Not really a biography- more of a visual exploration of the songs. If you're already a fan of Nick Cave then this is essential.

  • Lonks
    2019-04-23 10:51

    I would have loved this ten years ago but found it far too sentimental and corny despite the fact that it focuses on his earlier output of which I'm more a fan of. The Robert Johnson /crossroads ending was particularly cringe worthy.

  • Kit
    2019-05-18 16:54

    Looka yonder! Looka yonder!Looka yonder! A big black cloud come!A big black cloud come!Anyone who knows me at all knows I have an extreme admiration and affection for Nick Cave, Australian musician, author, composer, and actor of both abysmal depths and staggering creative height. The man is a legend in my mind, and easily one of the greatest living musicians of our time. The book chronicles Nick's youth in Australia forming The Boys Next Door/The Birthday Party before heading to the UK in pursuit of a contract and eventual fateful meeting with Blixa Bargeld and Einstürzende Neubauten that would change the course of the band as well as Nick's creative life.The graphic novel shows a great amount of respect for Nick's lyrics and work, weaving the story of his life around the familiar lyrics and literary work of Cave. Those less in the know about his life will likely not derive as much satisfaction in the same manner, but will definitely be treated to a lovely sample of what the creative genius has to offer.Now. It's been two years since I have last seen Nick on tour. Yesterday was his 60th birthday. I want to just go home and listen to him sing for hours rather than be in public.

  • Giorgeliot
    2019-04-25 16:50

    Avevo veramente paura di cosa stavo andando a leggere. Ma invece no, questo libro è perfetto, racconta alla perfezione il mondo di Nick Cave - non la storia, la vita: le storie, le vite. Le morti e le resurrezioni. Uno stile multiforme e duro, cupo quanto basta per narrare di King Ink, o Nick Cave. Una meraviglia.

  • Imke
    2019-05-06 10:10

    This graphic novel is amazing. It's not just a biography, it's so much more. Kleist added layers to it. He plays with reality, letting Nick Caves songs flow into the story. Sometimes you don't know where one ends and the other begins. He plays with what is real and what's not, and creates a very interesting story. He captures the man very well in my opinion, as well as the different music scenes. It's not a novel that's just for fans, it's an extraordinary accomplishment on its own. I do think that it helps recognising the lyrics of the songs, as they accompany the parts of the story that are not real. I do think he did not capture Blixa's face very well, but that's my only point of critique.

  • Dakota Morgan
    2019-05-17 10:11

    Finished this book thinking that Nick Cave is both boring and awful. I feel like that's probably not what Reinhard Kleist was going for with this biography, but who knows. 50% of the volume is made up of song lyrics sprinkled through psychedelic illustrations of Nick Cave as Gollum. The other 50% is Nick Cave moaning that whatever music he's listening to "isn't reallll enough, mannn." It's like a terrible parody of an 80's music nerd. Honestly, I don't think this book could have been less appealing. And it's over 300 pages! I'll admit: I stopped reading all the words after I realized they're mostly song lyrics. That definitely helped me finish it faster and move on to something better.

  • Leigh Harlen
    2019-05-13 10:57

    This was great, I had a hell of a good time reading it. The blend of song/story/myth/fact was well done and interesting and the art was great. Only complaint is that, at least to me, it felt a little half finished. Most of it was taken up with the Birthday Party years and a bit of early Bad Seeds and then all of a sudden we were at Push the Sky Away with only small glances at the time and music in the middle. Which, is fine, drug abuse to recovery forms a kind of natural conclusion, but I would have liked it be a little bit longer. Not sure how accessible it is for non-fans, but, I don't imagine there are that many of those reading it.

  • Colin
    2019-05-05 14:11

    Quite nicely done and well drawn, blending the lyrics of the songs with Cave's actual life history into a sort of magical narrative. And it's Nick Cave. A graphic Novel about Nick Bloody Cave! How great an idea is that? The ending felt a bit overcooked, but I suppose he had to give it a climactic ending that wasn't just "and he's still touring today" which would have been a bit of a let-down.I like Nick Cave a lot but I'm not enough of a fan to get all the references, but I definitely enjoyed it. My wife envies it because she's much more of a hard-core fan so she'll probably be next to pick it up.

  • Jesse
    2019-05-22 10:59

    I picked this up on a whim because I liked the cover...and I'm a Bad Seeds fan, but don't know a lot about Nick Cave (except that he is an interesting character).This was a very interesting read. Non-liner, cuts to images (story-lines) from songs, and dream sequences. We get a pretty in-depth look at Cave's early life in Australia and punk scene, and then his obsession with his craft and drug use, and finally him coming to terms with his stories and, ultimately, his life.Great art. Awesome expressions and use of negative space (Mingola-esque).

  • Amy
    2019-05-06 14:18

    A fascinating, well-constructed melding of Nick Cave’s work and selected life events. The dark and brooding artwork is appropriate for the subject. I wasn’t able to get into it until halfway through, but it was worth sticking with it. The segments demand a thorough knowledge of Cave’s body of work, from the Birthday Party to the Bad Seeds to his novels. If you’re weak in some areas, it doesn’t quite hold up. Keep youtube handy for a refresher.

  • Carl Barlow
    2019-05-10 13:04

    Semi-autobiographical... perhaps (who really knows except Nick Cave?). Certainly this is strange in quite a few ways: insular, introverted, dreamlike-to-nightmarish, grim. But it also adds to the Cave Mythos and makes any fan want go and give the songs another play (which, to extrapolate, of course means that Mercy and Me is not really one for the uninitiated). The art is rough, but manages to portray a lot. Recommended for any Bad Seed.

  • Ricketyrocks
    2019-05-21 14:58

    This is as cool as a rock biography can get! Everything about it speaks to the unique grooves and strange visions conjured by the amazing song-scapes created over Cave’s career. This book features what I can only think of as the graphic novel version of a music video. And these music-comics blend into the story in ways that only work in this medium. It’s a great tribute to a weird and wonderful artist told by someone that understands it as only a great fan would be able.