What to Do When an Artist You Admire Reveals Something About Themselves Which You Feel Casts an Unhappy Shadow Across Their Work…

“I think perhaps it would be helpful to you if you saw the proprietorship of a song in a different way. Personally, when I write a song and release it to the public, I feel it stops being my song. It has been offered up to my audience and they, if they care to, take possession of that song and become its custodian. The integrity of the song now rests not with the artist, but with the listener…

…Perhaps it is better to simply let Morrissey have his views, challenge them when and wherever possible, but allow his music to live on, bearing in mind we are all conflicted individuals – messy, flawed and prone to lunacies.”

—Nick Cave, “Views on Morrissey.” The Red Hand Files. June 2019.

Morrissey has always been a bit of a tool. Why do people want to pretend early Morrissey is different than late Morrissey? Like the music or don’t, but don’t judge the creation by the creator.

The Red Hand Files

Nick Cave answers questions from his fans. His response answering a question on grief and communicating with the dead is simply great:

“It seems to me, that if we love, we grieve. That’s the deal. That’s the pact. Grief and love are forever intertwined. Grief is the terrible reminder of the depths of our love and, like love, grief is non-negotiable. There is a vastness to grief that overwhelms our minuscule selves. We are tiny, trembling clusters of atoms subsumed within grief’s awesome presence. It occupies the core of our being and extends through our fingers to the limits of the universe. Within that whirling gyre all manner of madnesses exist; ghosts and spirits and dream visitations, and everything else that we, in our anguish, will into existence. These are precious gifts that are as valid and as real as we need them to be. They are the spirit guides that lead us out of the darkness.”

—Nick Cave. “Issue #6.” The Red Hand Files. October 2018.