Anita Lane, who collaborated with Nick Cave in both The Birthday Party and The Bad Seeds, died this week. Nick has now written a lovely tribute to her via his The Red Hand Files site."You think you know grief, you think you’ve worked out its mechanics, you think you’ve become grief-savvy — stronger, wiser, more resilient — you think that there is nothing more that can hurt you in this world," writes Nick, "and then Anita dies."
"Everyone wanted to work with her but it was like trying to trap lightning in a bottle. Mick Harvey managed to coral her into the recording studio, but these precious offerings are a fraction of what she was," Cave continues. "She was the smartest and most talented of all of us, by far."