The Sick Bag Song began life scribbled on paper airlinesick bags during Cave's 2014 tour. Read more...
The Sick Bag Song began life scribbled on paper airlinesick bags during Cave's 2014 tour. It soon grew into a restless full-length contemporary odyssey.
Spurred by encounters with modern-day North America, beset by longing and exhaustion, Cave teases out the significant moments, the people, the books, and the music that have influenced him. Drawing inspiration from Leonard Cohen, John Berryman, Patti Smith, Sharon Olds, folk ballads and ancient texts, The Sick Bag Song takes the form of a quest, turning over questions of creativity, loss, death, and romance. Both mythic and grounded in the now, it lies somewhere between The Waste Land and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. It is also a companion piece to the Sundance award-winning feature documentary 20,000 Days on Earth.
This beautifully packaged hardcover will be a centerpiece for any fan's library, as well as a poetic introduction for the uninitiated to the limitless imaginative universe of this living legend.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-09-26
- Reviewer: Staff
This short tour diary puts the reader into musician Caves frame of mind during his 2014 North American tour. Cave occasionally veers into verse and spontaneous compositions scattered within his diary. He muses about different events in his life that pop into his head while on the road. A bridge near Edmonton, Alberta, reminds him of when his father and mother told about the boy who had died jumping off the railway bridge. Cave writes about books he reads and records he revisits, including John Berrymans Dream Songs and Leonard Cohens Songs of Love and Hate. He also shares anecdotes about other musicians, such as Bryan Ferry of the influential glam rock band Roxy Music. The book includes drafts of songs inspired by life on the road, such as The Beekeepers Wife, which, Cave writes, hints at growing anxiety about my wife not answering the phone. The books title comes from a song inspired by the refrain on the back of a Delta Air Lines air sickness bag: Call the stewardess for bag disposal. Caves stream-of-consciousness writing definitely makes this an engrossing read, enmeshing the reader fully in the musicians perspective. (Nov.)