Nicholas Edward Cave AO is an Australian singer, songwriter, novelist, screenwriter, composer, and sometimes actor who was born on September 22, 1957. Cave’s music is characterized by emotional intensity, a wide range of inspirations, and lyrical obsessions with death, religion, love, and violence. He is best known for his baritone voice and for fronting the rock band Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds.
Nick Cave’s net worth
Nick Cave has an estimated net worth of $8 million dollars. He is an Australian musician, author, director, performer, and composer. Nick Cave was born in Warracknabeal, Victoria, Australia, and his parents moved him to boarding school when he got into trouble several times as a child.
He sang in the chorus throughout high school and went on to study painting at Caulfield Institute of Technology.
Family, education, and youth
Cave was born on September 23, 1957, to Dawn Cave (née Treadwell) and Colin Frank Cave in Warracknabeal, a tiny agricultural town in Victoria, Australia. He grew up in rural Victoria, first in Warracknabeal and subsequently in Wangaratta. His father was an English and mathematics teacher at the local technical school, and his mother worked as a librarian at Nick’s high school.
Cave’s father introduced him to literary masterpieces such as Crime and Punishment and Lolita when he was a boy, and he also organized the first symposium on Australian bushranger and outlaw Ned Kelly, whom Nick admired as a child.
Cave discovered progressive rock bands like King Crimson, Pink Floyd, and Jethro Tull through his elder brother, while a childhood sweetheart introduced him to Leonard Cohen, whom he subsequently called as “the finest lyricist of them all.”
Cave joined the choir of Wangaratta’s Holy Trinity Cathedral when he was nine years old. He was expelled from Wangaratta High School when he was 13 years old. After moving to the Melbourne suburb of Murrumbeena with his family in 1970, he enrolled at Caulfield Grammar School as a boarder and then a day student.
His father died in a vehicle accident when he was 19 years old; his mother informed him of his father’s death while bailing him out of a St Kilda police station on a charge of burglary. He would later say that his father died “at a time in my life when I was the most confused,” and that “the loss of my father produced in my life a vacuum, a space in which my words began to float and collect and find their purpose.”
Cave studied painting at the Caulfield Institute of Technology after finishing high school, but dropped out the next year to pursue music. Around the time he graduated from art school, he started using heroin.
At Melbourne’s Festival Hall, Cave saw his first concert. Manfred Mann, Deep Purple, and Free were on the bill. “I remember sitting there and practically felt the sound flowing through me,” Cave recalled. He first saw Australian punk music bands Radio Birdman and the Saints live in early 1977.
Cave was particularly moved by the Saints’ performance, claiming that he left the arena “a transformed person”; a photograph by Rennie Ellis shows Cave in the front row, looking awed by Chris Bailey, the Saints’ frontman.
Influence and legacy
NME named Cave as the 19th greatest living songwriter in 2010. In 2011, Flea dubbed him “the greatest living songwriter.” According to Yahoo! Music’s Rob O’Connor, he is the 23rd best lyricist in rock history. Academic John H. Baker curated The Art of Nick Cave: New Critical Essays, which was published in 2013.
Peter Billingham complimented Cave’s love songs as “deep, profound, sad contemplation” in an essay on the album The Boatman’s Call. Another researcher in the collection, Carl Lavery, believed that there was a “burgeoning field of Cave studies.”
Cave, according to Dan Rose, “is a master of the frightening narrative and reporter of the extreme, as well as a nuanced romantic vision. He gives a lot to everybody who enters his environment.”
The Go-Betweens‘ “Just a King in Mirrors” (1983), Foetus’ “Sick Man” (1984), and The Gun Club’s “Bill Bailey” (1987) are among the songs written about Cave.
Cave’s Birthday Party-era work has been regarded as a key inspiration by a number of renowned noise rock vocalists, including John Bigley of The U-Men and David Yow of Scratch Acid and The Jesus Lizard.
“I was so taken with the Birthday Party for a long time, particularly with Scratch Acid,” Yow said, “that I would deny it,” adding that “it seemed like I was trying to be Birthday Party Nick Cave—which I was.” Alexis Marshall of Daughters, who has been compared to Cave in terms of vocal delivery, remarked that he admires Cave’s voice for its personality and fire, and that his early albums “introduced [him] to lyrical content as literature.”