Nick Cave wants ten Milwaukeeans to spend $1,000 on his new book


“The Sick Bag Song” by Nick Cave, the gloomy Australian rocker and filmmaker, is a book chronicling his 2014 tour of 22 cities, including Milwaukee.

asickAccording to it began “as notes scribbled on airline sick bags” during the tour “and grew into a restless full-length, epic poem” about “inspiration, love and meaning.”

In a promotional video (below) he describes it as “road picture slash horror story.”

Cave and his band the Bad Seeds performed at the Milwaukee Theater, June 20. Milwaukee Record listed it among its 15 best concerts of the year.

A limited edition of the book (left) is being made available for every city on the tour, including Milwaukee. Only ten limited editions are available per city for $1,105.

These “rare volumes” will each feature:

• An airline sick bag “customised by Nick Cave with notes, doodles and musings. Hand drawn by the artist onto a specially produced (and fully functional) sick bag, these are individually decorated, signed and rubber-stamped with the relevant city, displayed in a protective mounting.”

• A recording of Cave reading “The Sick Bag Song” on white vinyl record.

• A hardback edition of “The Sick Bag Song” by Nick Cave, bound in cloth, signed and numbered.

The Limited Edition will be released in June. The Unlimited Edition will be released April 8 and includes a 166-page hardback book with “44 full colour sick bag images”and is housed in a plastic clamshell. An audio download of Cave reading an abridged version of the book is also included.

The Unlimited Edition is $49.50.

Cave is also a filmmaker and screenwriter. A documentary about Cave called “20,000 Days on Earth” played at the Milwaukee Film Festival. He will be releasing five videos promoting the book by the Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard, who also directed the documentary.


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