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Boy on Fire

The Young Nick Cave

Mark Mordue

RRP: £20.00

4 March 2021

Published by Allen & Unwin

ISBN: 9781838953690

RRP: £7.99

4 March 2021

Published by Allen & Unwin

ISBN: 9781838953713

A deeply beautiful, profound, profane and poetic biography of the formative years of the dark prince of rock ‘n’ roll, Boy on Fire is Nick Cave’s creation story, a portrait of the artist first as a boy, then as a young man. A deeply insightful work which charts his family, friends, influences, milieu and, most of all, his music, it reveals how Nick Cave shaped himself into the extraordinary artist he would become.

A powerful account of a singular, uncompromising artist, Boy on Fire is also a fascinating social and cultural biography, a vivid and evocative rendering of a time and place, from the fast-running dark river and ghost gums of Wangaratta to the nascent punk scene which hit staid 1970s Melbourne like an atom bomb. Boy on Fire is a stunning biographical achievement.

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