A widely acclaimed biography of one of rock's most compelling, uncompromising and influential singer-songwriters, Ian Johnston's BAD SEED offers a superb overview of Nick Cave's career to date. Through Cave's fronting of the incendiary bands The Birthday Party and The Bad Seeds, producing music of unfettered expression and explosive intensity, to his creative collaborations outside of the rock industry in film and literature, BAD SEED illustrates a life lived in barely controlled chaos: and unravels the motivation and unique appeal of a reluctant icon whose songs, according to the Rolling Stones, possess "the authority of the most primal kind of myth."
'Gripping and well-written... an appropriately pukka examination.' Q 'Harshly compelling... an enthralling biography." ESQUIRE 'Most impressive... Bad Seed stands worthy of the man and that is some achievement.' NME 'Scrupulous, complex and intriguing.' MOJO 'A primer of the fearful side of rock... very well written.' MAIL ON SUNDAY 'Genuinely intriguing... notably frank.' GQ 'So interesting!' KYLIE MINOGUE
As a freelance writer, Ian Johnston has contributed numerous articles on film and music to various publications. He has also worked on several music videos. His book on the career of the The Cramps was described as "one of the best and most diligently researched music books of all time."