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This review is from: Nick Drake: The Pink Moon Files (Paperback)
This compilation from the labour-of-love fanzine Pink Moon is well-considered and gives fascinating and fresh insights into the enigmatic Nick.
Its great advantage over the biographies by Patrick Humphries and Trevor Dann is that it has no particular agenda -- it presents first-person testimonies by the likes of John Martyn, Island Records employees, Robin Frederick and Drake's Cambridge contemporaries, his family, a psychiatrist, among many others and allows you to draw your own conclusions about what sort of a person Drake was, how much success meant to him, what kind of success he was interested in, his mental health and so on. Some of the essays and reminiscences are very touching. One of the many intriguing aspects of the book is that, on occasion, the same events are seen through different eyes.
As editor, Jason Creed rarely intrudes, when he does have something to say, he comes across as modest, concise and to the point. The book is also well proofread -- unlike some recent music books I can think of. Trouble has been taken. [If the book is ever updated, there are a couple of people whose thoughts on Nick Drake I'd like to hear - Bridget St John and Beverley Martyn, both of whom knew him well...and John Cale, who worked with Drake on Northern Sky]
Read this book and Ian Macdonald's brilliant analysis of Nick Drake's muse in his book The People's Music and that's the closest you'll get to unraveling and understanding something of the Nick Drake story.