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Nick Cave’s advice on getting old: “Grow a porn star moustache and learn the electric guitar — it worked for me”

Nick Cave has given one of his fans some advice in his inimitable style after being asked for his “perspective on getting old”.

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The artist offered his perspective on his Red Hand Files website, where he regularly answers questions sent in by his fans.

In his latest post on the site, Cave responded to Remko from Lanaken, Belgium who asked: “I’m struggling a bit with the fact I’m turning 40 in a week. Some people say ‘You’re in the brightest part of your life’, others say you are an ‘old man’. What is your perspective on getting old?”

Cave replied: “My advice to you is to grow a porn star moustache and learn the electric guitar — it worked for me — and try to hang in there until you’re 60.

“Then you’ll find you don’t have to worry about what people say any more and, as a consequence, life becomes a whole lot more interesting.”

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Nick Cave accepts the award for Hall of Fame Inductee at the 2007 ARIA Awards at Acer Arena on October 28, 2007 in Sydney, Australia (Picture: Don Arnold/WireImage)

Cave, who is 63, continued by speaking about his experience of now being in his sixties.

“Entering your 60s brings with it a warm and fuzzy feeling of freedom through redundancy, through obsolescence, through living outside of the conversation and forever existing on the wrong end of the stick,” he said.

“What a relief it is to be that mad, embarrassing uncle in the corner of the room, a product of his age, with his loopy ideas about free speech and freedom of expression, with his love of beauty, of humour, chaos, provocation and outrage, of conversation and debate, his adoration of art without dogma, his impatience with the morally obvious, his belief in universal compassion, forgiveness and mercy, in nuance and the shadows, in neutrality and in humanity — ah, beautiful humanity — and in God too, who he thanks for letting him, in these dementing times, be old.”

Last month Cave shared the full version of his song ‘Letter to Cynthia’ online – a track inspired by a fan letter that was sent to him on Red Hand Files.

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