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Remembered for a While Hardcover – 6 Nov 2014

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  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: John Murray (6 Nov. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444792598
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444792591
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 3.5 x 27.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 59,282 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sometimes painfully honest, often emotional, occasionally funny, sometimes dry and scholarly - always deeply engaging - Remembered for a While is probably the most ambitious, generous and thorough volume about a musician to see publication. Put simply, this is the authoritative resource for fans and future historians who may find themselves considering Nick Drake. In its absolute integrity and its sheer dignity, it is second only to his music (Mouth Magazine)

A beautiful book (Guardian Family)

This authorised companion to the wistful genius with a troubled mind includes contributions from friends, collaborators, critics and family (Telegraph Books of the Year)

From the beautifully tactile cover onwards this musical companion is a genuine delight, featuring never seen before photos, family scrapbook press cuttings, handwritten lyrics, letter extracts from Nick to his parents and also from his father Rodney's diary...Sad but ultimately celebratory, this beautiful publication is the closest any book has yet come to capturing the 'real' Nick Drake (Total Music Magazine)

Gabrielle Drake's beautifully put-together tribute to her brother Nick Drake . . . I loved looking at the unseen photos and listening to the unreleased John Peel session that came with the book (Jack Steadman, Observer Books of the Year)

Exactly 40 years after his death, acres have been written about Drake, but nothing authorised had come from the Drake estate. This gorgeous new book, co-compiled by his sister Gabrielle rectifies this. It is not a biography, but a deeply considered collection of essays, lyrics, photos and extracts, including from the diary of Drake's father as the folk singer sank into his fatal depression (Sunday Times)

I'll be dipping in and out of the sumptuous Nick Drake: Remembered For A While for years to come (Daily Telegraph)

Forty years on from his passing and the fragile music and sturdy myth of Nick Drake still haunt the culture . . . This legacy is only enhanced by Remembered for a While . . . a poetic, delightful and fascinating mix of never before seen photos, hand-written lyrics and scrapbooked press clippings as well as interviews with friends and family and excerpts from Drake's letters. A beautifully made and exquisite book built solely out of love for it's subject, Remembered for a While is a perfect companion to the songs that inspired it (Loud and Quiet Magazine)

This beautifully packaged book has the imprimatur and approval of his actress sister Gabrielle, as well as contributions from the likes of Monty Don (Belfast Telegraph)

A superb book that anyone touched by Nick's music will find fascinating (The Idler Book of the Week)

Beautifully packaged and laid out . . . A fitting tribute to a unique musician (Sunday Herald)

This book is magnificent . . . An informative and emotionally affecting framing of the life and work of a doomed young man, this book is a labour of love (Irish Times)

A beautiful book (Observer)

Praise for Nick Drake (.)

One of the most beloved English singers of all time (Daily Telegraph)

I am a huge admirer of his records (Brad Pitt)

Every indie band in America lists Nick Drake as an influence (Green Gartside, lead singer of Scritti Politti)

Rock has known a million morose young poets . . . by the law of averages, they were bound to spawn at least one genuine genius. They did. His name was Nick Drake (NME)

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An official celebration of Nick Drake's life and music.

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Really, very pleasantly surprised. I purchased this as I feel compelled to purchase all the official Nick Drake products, and what a treat it turned out to be. The hard covers are thick and durable, the bindings are tight and seemingly well-manufactured (often these large tomes are cheaply bound and covered and so they don’t last).

The content though is the real value here.

Not attempting to be a linear biography, this is rather a collection of glances and thoughts on Drake from the people that knew him best through to strangers separated by decades. As Gabrielle describes in her introduction, this is in some ways an attempt to experience Keats’ ‘negative capability’; to be able to be distant and not understanding of something but to revel in it, rather than feeling anxiety or sadness. Drake was elusive even to those close to him and this book captures (in its scrapbooking approach) the unknowable nature of the man and his music.

Beautiful, touching and forever young; always just out of reach.
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Certainly the best in depth book on any musician in recent years. Up to now, relatively little has been known, and insights have been at times misguided or sheer guesswork. There is an unbelievable amount of new information, images, ephemera, photos, and most importantly insight from those who were "there" and knew ND well. Amazing.
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This arrived today; it is the book the legacy of Nick deserves. It is quite beautiful, with many unseen photos and essays from various people from Nick's past. Completely worth every penny, it is a tome I will revisit regularly. Thanks Gabrielle for opening some of the Drake personal vaults for us. It is appreciated.
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A wonderful memento. As Gabrielle eloquently puts it in her introduction, this is a 'sideways glance' at Nick (or 'Nicky' as he's known early on), containing essays and written records covering Nick's life and death. These are accompanied by copies of ephemera and mementos like Nick's birth certificate, his swimming badges, lyrics, photos, school reports, ticket stubs and even receipts

The essays are some of the most rewarding and valuable pieces of Nick Drake 'scholarship' I've come across. The book is worth the (low) price for Rodney's annotated diary, the posthumous letter to Nick's parents Rodney and Molly from his psychiatrist and the essay by Nick's Cambridge contemporary and now consultant psychiatrist Brian Wells alone. Rodney's diary makes heartbreaking reading, as does the inclusion of contemporary letters, recording impressions of Nick during his decline. Brian Wells methodically explains his understanding of Nick's illness and argues convincingly that the diagnosis of schizophrenia may have been misguided. He believes Nick suffered from a 'cognitively induced deterioration', primarily brought on by the failure of Bryter Layter. In his eyes, Nick imprisoned himself with beliefs about himself or how the world worked to frustrate him. He explains how Nick was a classic 'non-compliant' patient, determined to stay in control - of his pill intake as much as his use of alcohol, drugs and even family and friends.

I've read a lot on Nick Drake over the years. I've seen numerous tribute concerts, visited Far Leys when - unknown to me - Molly was still alive. I've even dared to perform some of his material on stage. This book is the closest I've felt to the man since first hearing his music at the same age that he was when he started to abandon hope.
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I generally don't bother leaving reviews but if you are a fan of Nick Drake this is absolutely essential reading, beautifully produced, digs deep without feeling intrusive, a finer companion to the music of Nick Drake you will not find.
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Truly wonderful! This beautifully produced book, filled with fascinating and often moving reminiscences and illustrations, is one of the finest biographical compilations I have ever seen. A triumph for all concerned and a fitting tribute to a great artist whose early death was a tragedy.
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I was a little wary of this book. On the one hand it comes from the "Estate", and on the other, what more is there to know? However, as a great fan of Nick Drake, it was a good job I ordered an Amazon copy as the limited, numbered, signed copies (by Gabrielle and the author) have been delayed.

I was stunned. Absolutely amazed by it. Had an incredibly long day/week at work, have a massive migraine. I only intended to open the package and put it away to read another day. The cover is a darkish yellow, lovely texture and the tome itself quite weighty. That was the first couple of surprises, with so many lightweight books these days, filled with glossy pages of nothingness. Then I turned the cover. Delight, the inner cover is a depiction of the stripes reproduced from Nick Drake's famous poncho. Then the next thrill was the wonderful photograph of this fresh faced, youthful and very beautiful Englishman. The book commences with a copy of Nick Drake's baptismal certificate. It is fascinating, rather like intruding on someone's privacy. One's curiosity and nosiness gets the better of you, and you just have to keep turning the pages.

It is packed with previously unseen photos, letters, posters and newsclippings.

WOW!

Thank you, the Estate of Nick Drake. I am humbled and touched by your consideration in thinking of us fans of Nick Drake who can never get enough information on this brilliant and talented singer songwriter; one of the finest of his generation.
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