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Nick Drake: Dreaming England (Reverb) [Paperback]

Nathan Wiseman-Trowse
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1 Sep 2013 Reverb
Since his untimely death in 1974 at the age of twenty six, Nick Drake has not only gained a huge international audience, which eluded him during his lifetime, but has also come to represent the epitome of English romanticism. Drake's small but much-loved body of work has evoked comparisons with Blake, Keats, Vaughan Williams and Delius, placing him within a long line of English mystical romanticism. Yet upon closer inspection Drake's work betrays a myriad of international, cosmopolitan influences and approaches that seem to confound his status as archetypal English troubadour. Nathan Wiseman-Trowse unravels the myths surrounding Nick Drake's music to show how audiences have come to think of his work as representing the very idea of Englishness itself. The music itself provides clues, hinting at a specific English landscape that Drake would have wandered through during his lifetime. Yet Drake's interest in blues, jazz, and eastern mysticism hint at a broader conception of English national identity in the late 1960s, far removed from mere parochial nostalgia. Similarly, the framing of Drake's music after his death has done much to situate him as a particular kind of English artist, integrating American counterculture, the English class system and a nostalgic re-imagining of the hippy era for contemporary audiences. Nick Drake: Dreaming England explores how ideas of Englishness have come to be so intimately associated with the cult singer songwriter. Essential reading for any fan of Nick Drake, the book will also appeal to those interested in folk music or English national identity.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Reaktion Books (1 Sep 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780231768
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780231761
  • Product Dimensions: 20.9 x 14.9 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 47,048 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Nathan Wiseman-Trowse is Senior Lecturer in Popular Culture at the University of Northampton. He has published work on the performance of class in British popular music, the music and writing of Nick Cave and the graphic novels of Alan Moore.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book 24 Nov 2013
By Rosco
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
For lovers of the legend its a complete reference book , it gives an almost week by week account of his life at its most crucial creative stage . I enjoyed it , try it out .
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3.0 out of 5 stars Nick Drake - Dreaming England book 22 Oct 2013
By Joseph Morris - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Not a biography. This must be stressed

220 pages all told, with notes and index, discography of the man (no bootlegs, so no mention of the Time has told me releases, or Tanworth in Arden II

The book covers how Nick's music has become English. Or something along those lines

The recent book by Gorm (Pink Moon) is probably one of the better books on the young man. Personally I couldn't find the book very engaging. I think the one thing new I gained from reading it is that the estate will be releasing a book of letters by Nick along with photos

Maybe its just me. Hogan's book is also good (if you want something covering the music). Humphries biography is long out of date, and Dann's book takes too much on supposition
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