Anita Lane RIP (The Birthday Party/Bad Seeds/solo)We are sorry to hear of the death of Anita Lane one of the creative powerhouses who emerged from the vibrant Melbourne post-punk scene. Her maverick spirit and artistic and literal brilliance saw her become involved in the explosive brilliance of the early Birthday Party co-writing songs like A Dead Song, Dead Joe and Kiss Me Black with her then-partner Nick Cave and there were more future collaborations with the Bad Seeds. Her key part in that scene saw her work with various members of the loose collective of Australian mavericks and their new brightly shining friends in Berlin and London as well as her own lost gems of solo albums that underlined her own shooting star creative brilliance.


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Award winning journalist and boss of Louder Than War. In a 30 year music writing career, John was the first to write about bands such as Stone Roses and Nirvana and has several best selling music books to his name. He constantly tours the world with Goldblade and the Membranes playing gigs or doing spoken word and speaking at music conferences.


  1. Yet another corpse for the pile around Nick Cave and the Birthday Party. He turned most of his close fans into drug addicts back in the 90s in Melbourne. They should name a cemetery in Melbourne after him for his loyal patronage.


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