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Nick Cave goes the distance with 'The Sick Bag Song'
Nick Cave goes the distance with 'The Sick Bag Song'

Nick Cave has long operated in a particular rock ’n’ roll tradition: that of the poète maudite. Patti Smith, Jim Morrison, Lou Reed, Bob Dylan -- these are some of the analogues to Cave’s creative posture. Not surprisingly, like all of them, he has not only made music but also written books. Cave’s first novel, “And the Ass Saw the Angel,” appeared 25 years ago; his second, “The Death of Bunny Munro,” came out in 2009. He has also published two collections of lyrics and occasional writings, and now an idiosyncratic diary of sorts, “The Sick Bag Song” (Canongate: 162 pp., boxed, $49.50), which traces what let’s...

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