See Reinhard Kleist Live Drawing Scenes from Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

This article is from 2018

See Reinhard Kleist Live Drawing Scenes from Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

Graphic biographer Reinhard Kleist is back with a second book on the musician and will be sketching scenes set to a backdrop of live music

German graphic designer and cartoonist Reinhard Kleist is heading to Edinburgh International Book Festival with his second graphic biography of Nick Cave (the first was Mercy on Me). In Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, he follows the prolific performer through years of touring and recording with the Bad Seeds and also lays down some amazing visual interpretations of some of Cave's most famous songs.

Kleist is well versed when it comes to graphic biographies, his previous subjects include Johnny Cash, Fidel Castro and Holocaust survivor Harry Haft. Sam Humphrey of SelfMadeHero, Kleist's publisher, said: 'the graphic novel is increasingly being recognised as an ideal medium for telling real-life stories. Reinhard Kleist is the world's leading creator of biographical graphic novels, and his work demonstrates perfectly how comics can capture a life story with all the perceptiveness and emotional force of prose.'

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds certainly succeeds at putting a music-focused life on paper in an innovative way and Kleist's book festival appearance looks as though it will be an equally interesting blend of mediums. The artist will be live drawing to the accompaniment of music from Adelaide's Zephyr Quartet, Ukulele Death Squad and Carla Lippis and the Furies.

Humphrey fills in a little more detail about the thinking behind the format, 'we're always looking for ways to recast the traditional author event. The live drawing concert is a fantastic spectacle and a welcome change from the usual Q&A or panel discussion.

'Reinhard did his first live drawing concert in 2009, when he was in the UK to promote his biography of Johnny Cash. Since then, he's performed in New York, Berlin, Bratislava… even Galle in Sri Lanka! His last live drawing gig in the UK was at Rough Trade East, where he performed to the music of Gris-de-Lin. It was mighty impressive.'

The Spiegeltent, Charlotte Square Gardens, 12 Aug, 6.30pm, £12 (£10).

Reinhard Kleist

Having written graphic biographies of Johnny Cash, Fidel Castro and Holocaust survivor Harry Haft, German graphic designer and cartoonist Reinhard Kleist has his second take on Nick Cave (the first was Mercy on Me). This time he tracks the Australian’s career leading the Bad Seeds through expressive comics-style…

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