Star Scene: Mark Mordue


The first volume of the long-awaited, near-mythical biography of Nick Cave,  by award-winning writer, Mark Mordue. 

A deeply beautiful, profound, profane and poetic biography of the early  

formative years of the dark prince of Australian rock ‘n’ roll, Boy on Fire is  

Nick Cave’s creation story. This is the story of the artist first as a boy, then  

as a young man. A deeply insightful work which charts his family, friends,  

influences, milieu and, most of all, his music, it reveals how Nick Cave shaped  

himself into the extraordinary artist he would become. 

As well as a powerfully compelling biography of a singular, uncompromising  

artist, Boy on Fire is also a fascinating social and cultural biography, a vivid  

and evocative rendering of a time and place, from the fast-running dark river  

and ghost gums of Wangaratta, to the nascent punk scene which hit staid  

1970s Melbourne like an atom bomb, right through to the torn wallpaper,  

sticky carpet and the manic, wild energy of nights at the Crystal Ballroom. 

A passion project nearly a decade in the making, Boy on Fire is one of the  

most eagerly anticipated Australian music biographies, it is also a labour of  

love for its writer Mark Mordue. With unprecedented access to Nick, his  

family, friends, and fellow musicians, and featuring never-before seen early  

photographs, Mordue has accomplished a stunning work of biographical  

achievement, as befitting its legendary subject 


Mark Mordue is an Australian writer, journalist and editor. He is a  

co-winner of the 2014 Peter Blazey Fellowship, which recognises an  

outstanding manuscript in the fields of biography, autobiography or life  

writing. His work has been published in Interview, Madison, Speak, The  

Nation and Salon, as well as Rolling Stone, Vogue, GQ, The Australian,  

and The Sydney Morning Herald. Mark was the winner of a 1992 Human  

Rights Media Award and the 2010 Pascall Prize for Critical Writing. From  

1992 to 1997, he was the founding editor of Australia’s leading pop  

culture magazine, Australian Style. His poetry, fiction, essays and  

memoir work have appeared in literary journals such as HEAT, Meanjin,  

Griffith Review and Overland in Australia. 

Boy on Fire by Mark Mordue |Published: 19 September 2020 Imprint: 4th Estate | Format: Hardback | RRP: $39.99 | ISBN: 9781460759646 | eBook available

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Mary is a photographer and a writer, specialising in music. She runs where she endeavours to capture the passion of music in her photos whether it's live music photography, promotional band photos or portraits. She has photographed The Rolling Stones, KISS, Iggy Pop, AC/DC, Patti Smith, Joe Strummer, PULP, The Cult, The Damned, The Cure, Ian Brown, Interpol, MUDHONEY, The MELVINS, The Living End, Foo Fighters, Smashing Pumpkins, Rage Against The Machine, The Stone Roses –just to name a few - in Australia, USA, Europe and the Middle East. Her work has been published in Beat magazine, Rolling Stone magazine, Triple J magazine, The Age Newspaper, The Herald Sun, The Australian, Neos Kosmos,,,, She has a permanent photographic exhibition at The Corner Hotel in Richmond, Victoria Australia.