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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
1977 19 Years Old From 1977 until their dissolution in 1983 (by which time they were known as the Birthday Party) the band explored various styles. They were a leader of Melbourne's post-punk scene in the late 1970s, playing hundreds of live shows in Australia before changing their name to the Birthday Party in 1980 and moving to London, then West Berlin. … 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


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
1996 38 Years Old He was married for 6 years and divorced in 1996. … Read More
1997 39 Years Old Cave briefly dated PJ Harvey during the mid-1990s before he met British model Susie Bick in 1997. Bick was the cover model on the Damned's 1985 album Phantasmagoria and a Vivienne Westwood model. 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.
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…  In 2006, he formed the garage rock band Grinderman, releasing its debut album the following year. … 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
2013 55 Years Old In a mid-September 2013 conference keynote Q&A session, Cave explained: "I am Nick Cave and there is no going back to what I was. … Read More
2014 56 Years Old A film about Cave's life, titled 20,000 Days on Earth and directed by artists Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard, was released in mid-2014, shortly before his 57th birthday.
2015 57 Years Old Cave's fifteen-year-old son, Arthur, fell from a cliff at Ovingdean, near Brighton, England, and died from his injuries on 14 July 2015. … Read More
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