Iconic Australian musician, writer, actor and poet Nick Cave is releasing a new book, The Sick Bag Song, derived from a collection of musings written on plane sick bags.

The extraordinary book came from a 22-city tour of North America, where Cave began scribbling ideas, images and doodles on the travel barf bags.

As the tour progressed, he photographed the bags and emailed them to his puzzled publisher, Jamie Byng, from Canongate in Edinburgh.

The bizarre book is set to be an exploration of love, inspiration and memory shaped around the events of the mammoth 2014 North America tour.

Cave is releasing a series of short films to accompany the book, and yesterday he shared the first one, called Portland.

It features Cave comparing The Sick Bag Song to Marilyn Monroe, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Kanye West, PornHub, and more. He lists off an increasingly inane series of marketing ideas, including doing a reading inside of a giant barf bag.
The video was directed by Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard – the same team behind Cave’s 20,000 Days on Earth pseudo-documentary.

Maybe I’ll ket Cave try and explain it himself…

The Sick Bag Song comes out on April 8 and is available to pre-order here!