Nick Drake: The Biography Paperback – 24 Sep 1998
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PATRICK HUMPHRIES 14 Red Post Hill, London SE24 9JQ 0207 737 7222
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I felt that Humphries was tackling his subject from a little too remote an angle and so the analysis becomes, at times, too close to hypothesis. It may be said that Humphries could have written a briefer book (he had SO little to work with!) but he has developed some themes with skill: the folk scene of the early 1970's; Nick mysterious guitar tunings; his isolation and detachment (the poor man spent hours - even days, it seems - doing nothing whatsoever, in silence, even in company); his gradual tragic slide into deep depression; and the curious cult that now defines him moreso even than his music.
I would have loved to have personal insight from Gabrielle Drake (the book feels hollow without it and, in certain places, it cries out for some personal perspective from someone who wasn't a schoolfriend or a musician) and just a little more anecdote. But the author has done something quite subtle: he has written a book that obliges you to pursue Drake's music further for he raises more questions about the man's brief life than he answers.Read more ›
It’s interesting that the singer had completed his schooldays in 1966 when The Beatles released Revolver and Dylan was making waves with Blonde On Blonde. Nick’s visits to France and Marrakech are covered in detail. The description of the UK folk scene of those times is very informative, as Humphries writes about musicians like Danny Thompson, Fairport Convention and Richard & Linda Thompson and the clubs and circuits where they performed.
Much of the text consists of various peoples’ recollections of Drake, most of them within the music industry. So there is an amount of repetition and revisiting the same eras and incidents through the eyes of different narrators. Humphries also discusses Drake’s rare coverage by various music publications of the time like Sounds and Melody Maker, including reviews of his albums. In addition, he attempts to recreate the circumstances of the recording of each album and provides illuminating information and opinions on most of the individual songs. I was particularly pleased to read about John Cale’s contribution to Bryter Layter and his recollections of the recording sessions.Read more ›
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The amount of negative reviews for Patrick Humphries nick drake book is beyond me.when Patrick started writing this book he had vertically nothing to go on. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Tony N.
The best autobiography, of the best singer/songwriter, ever written.Published 13 months ago by Thomas/Julie Dunn
I had the same experience as those who also left 1 star reviews of this book.I am a huge Nick Drake fan and I really struggled to get through this book. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Bob the Gardener
Can't believe this writer has wrote a biography of Nick Drake and isn't even a fan got sick of reading about the autor family wanted to find out more about nick. Read morePublished on 16 May 2013 by Sarah Moorin
Sadly, most people who are really into their music now know the story of Nick Drake, or at least of him. Read morePublished on 11 April 2013 by June Vianne Palmer
A very interesting book I devoured in a couple of days which touches a fair bit on Drake's Island label mates John Martyn, The Incredible String Band and Fairport Convention. Read morePublished on 7 Mar. 2013 by @netfactorbooks
Along with Trevor Dann's 'Darker Than The Deepest Sea', this biography is an essential read for anyone with a serious interest in Nick Drake. Read morePublished on 11 Sept. 2012 by Kandy Korn