New book looks at the story behind Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!

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Nick Cave is to publish a book based on the song ‘Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!’ on sale from July 8.

The 40 page, four-inch hardback book chronicles the story behind the Bad Seeds hit song, its history and evolution.

“It is a curiosity that deals with the preparation and final glorious outcome of a project that began on the back of an envelope, a literal “scrap” of an idea and ended up evolving into a genuine cultural icon and classic rock’n’roll song,” said Cave.

The book features notes, handwritten lyrics, photographs and a short story about the meaning of the song.

The volume is part of a collaborative project with Brit Artists Sue Webster and Tim Noble.

“The song, which is a comic re-imagining of the Lazarus myth (placing the recently “risen” Lazarus in ’70s New York City), is accompanied by an eight-foot-square light sculpture, employing over 750 light bulbs, built by Webster and Noble,” added Cave.

Nick Cave’s side project, Grinderman, will play two live dates this summer at Latitude Festival (July 20) and Hydro Connect (August 29).