Nick Cave

Australian Musician and Writer

Nicholas Edward "Nick" Cave is an Australian musician, songwriter, author, screenwriter, composer and occasional film actor. He is best known for his work as a frontman of the critically acclaimed rock band Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, established in 1983, a group known for its eclectic influences and musical styles.… Read More

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1957 Birth Cave was born on 22 September 1957 in Warracknabeal, a small country town in the state of Victoria, Australia, to Dawn Cave (née Treadwell) and Colin Frank Cave. … Read More


1970 12 Years Old In 1970, having moved with his family to the Melbourne suburb of Murrumbeena, he became a boarder and later day student at Caulfield Grammar School. … Read More
1973 15 Years Old In 1973, Cave met Mick Harvey (guitar), Phill Calvert (drums), John Cochivera (guitar), Brett Purcell (bass), and Chris Coyne (saxophone); fellow students at Caulfield Grammar. … Read More
1976 18 Years Old After his secondary schooling, Cave studied painting at the Caulfield Institute of Technology in 1976, but dropped out the following year to pursue music. … Read More


1980 22 Years Old 1 More Event
…  They changed their name to the Birthday Party and relocated to London in 1980. … Read More
1983 25 Years Old After the break up of the Birthday Party, Cave formed Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds in 1983, releasing its debut album the following year. … Read More
1984 26 Years Old 1 More Event
After establishing a cult following in Europe and Australia, the Birthday Party disbanded in 1984. … Read More
1986 28 Years Old Cave's work was featured in a scene in the 1986 film, Dogs in Space, by Richard Lowenstein. … Read More
1987 29 Years Old Another early fan of Cave's was German director Wim Wenders, who lists Cave, along with Lou Reed and Portishead, as among his favorites. Two of Cave's songs were featured in his 1987 film Wings of Desire. … Read More


1990 32 Years Old Cave then moved to São Paulo, Brazil in 1990, where he met and married his first wife, Brazilian journalist Viviane Carneiro. She gave birth to their son Luke, in 1991. They were married for 6 years and divorced in 1996. … Read More
1991 33 Years Old The soundtrack for Wenders' 1991 film Until the End of the World features Cave's "(I'll Love You) Till the End of the World." … Read More
1995 37 Years Old Cave's songs have also appeared in a number of Hollywood blockbusters - "There is a Light" appears on the 1995 soundtrack for Batman Forever, and "Red Right Hand" appeared in a number of films including The X-Files, Dumb & Dumber; Scream, its sequels Scream 2 and 3, and Hellboy (performed by Pete Yorn). … Read More


1999 41 Years Old She gave up her job when they married in 1999. … Read More
In 2000 Andrew Dominik used "Release the Bats" in his film Chopper. … Read More
2001 43 Years Old In 2001, Cave recorded a cover of the Beatles' "Let It Be" for the film I Am Sam, and co-wrote and recorded the song "To Be By Your Side," for the soundtrack of the 2001 French documentary Le Peuple Migrateur (called Winged Migration in the US).
2005 47 Years Old Cave creates original film scores with fellow Bad Seeds band member Warren Ellis—they first teamed up in 2005 to work on The Proposition, for which Cave also wrote the screenplay.
2006 48 Years Old In 2006, Cave and Ellis composed the music for Andrew Dominik's adaptation of Ron Hansen's The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. … Read More
2007 49 Years Old 1 More Event
…  The band's eponymous debut studio album, Grinderman, was released in 2007 to extremely positive reviews and the band's second and final studio album, Grinderman 2, was released in 2010 to a similar reception. … Read More


Cave and Ellis wrote and recorded the score for the film, which was released in 2009. … Read More
2010 - 2014 3 More Events
2015 57 Years Old Cave's son Arthur, 15, fell from a cliff at Ovingdean, near Brighton, England, and died from his injuries on 14 July 2015. … Read More
2016 58 Years Old The effect of Arthur's death on Cave and his family was explored in the 2016 documentary film One More Time with Feeling and on the 2016 album Skeleton Tree.
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