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Faith, Hope and Carnage

Nick Cave and Seán O'Hagan

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

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ISBN10: 0374607370
ISBN13: 9780374607371


304 Pages



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Faith, Hope and Carnage is a meditation on faith, art, music, freedom, grief and love.

Created from more than forty hours of intimate conversations with Seán O’Hagan, it is a profoundly thoughtful exploration, in Cave’s own words, of what really drives his life and creativity.

The book examines questions of faith, art, music, freedom, grief, and love. It draws candidly on Cave’s life, from his early childhood to the present day, his loves, his work ethic, and his dramatic transformation in recent years.

From a place of considered reflection, Faith, Hope and Carnage offers ladders of hope and inspiration from a true creative visionary.


Praise for Faith, Hope and Carnage

“The Australian alt-rock icon talks at length about the relationship between faith, death, and art . . . This is a lively, engrossing book energized by Cave’s relentless candor—and sometimes counterintuitive thinking—about his work and his demons . . . A somber, sage book about art-making that deserves a readership beyond Cave’s fan base.”Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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1 A Beautiful Kind of Freedom

Seán O’Hagan: I’m surprised you agreed to do this given that you haven’t done any interviews for a long time.

Nick Cave: Well, who wants to do an interview? Interviews, in general,...

About the author

Nick Cave and Seán O'Hagan

Nick Cave has been performing music for more than forty years and is best known as the songwriter and lead singer of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, whose latest album Ghosteen was widely received as their best work ever. Cave’s body of work also covers a wider range of media and modes of expression including film score composition, ceramic sculpture and writing novels. Over the last few years his Red Hand Files website and 'Conversation with’ live events have seen Cave exploring deeper and more direct relationships with his fans.

Sean O’Hagan has interviewed many major artists, writers and musicians over the last four decades. He currently works as a feature writer for the Observer and is photography critic for the Guardian.

Nick Cave

Seán O'Hagan

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds Website