The shipyard painter, political activist and razor-sharp cartoonist Bob Starrett has just written a new book The Way I See It on his eventful life and times. Below we reprint one of his stories and review an essential read
The arrival of a new Bad Seeds album is always a cause for celebration and while the hugely entertaining Grinderman project has eased the pain of waiting - it's been five years since the last Seeds album, Dig Lazarus Dig!!! - there's nothing like the real deal.
Cave and his cohorts are nothing if not eclectic and this latest offering is a case in point.
Push The Sky Away in some respects picks up where Lazarus left off - in particular, the elegaic Jesus Of The Moon from that album - but this is Cave in more sombre and restrained form, although still oozing with menace.
Tracks such as Jubilee Street, We No Who U R and the extraordinary Higgs Boson Blues show Cave has lost none of his lyrical mastery.
This is a seriously dark album and one that may take even die-hard Cave fans a few listens to get into. But perseverance is recommended, you will not be disappointed.