Pop culture obsessives writing for the pop culture obsessed.
Pop culture obsessives writing for the pop culture obsessed.

Nick Cave is one of the more interesting songwriters making music today, but would you pay 12 dollars for his lyric sheets? Aside from a weird film treatment, a few Xeroxed pen-and-ink drawings, and one genuinely interesting essay on the relationships between imagination, the written word, and the Bible, King Ink II consists mostly of the lyrics to Cave's songs. That's a shame, because the first King Ink padded out its song lyrics with a lot more extra material. Cave is an accomplished writer of prose; his novel And The Ass Saw The Angel is a minor masterpiece of religious fascination and the exploration of American iconography. It's also still in print, as are his albums, which relegates this songbook—as good as it is—to for-fans-only status.

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