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Darker Than The Deepest Sea: The Search for Nick Drake Paperback – 8 Feb 2007
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A haunting tribute to this most passionately adored of musicians (INDEPENDENT on Sunday)
A spirited attempt to get inside Drake's world (The Sunday TIMES)
A bold attempt to unravel the tragic secrets of an enduring, but still elusive, cult hero. Dann is a fan, but he's not blinkered and goes beyond the usual clichs of Byronesque sensitivity (MOJO)
About the Author
The former Head of Music Entertainment at the BBC and a producer of Live Aid, Trevor Dann has written for The Times, Q Magazine, Mojo and the Independent. He is a media consultant who presents a weekly show on Classic Gold. He lives near Cambridge.
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The book contains a useful discography, extensive references and mini-reviews of all Drake's songs, which I enjoyed.
Darker than the Deeper Sea does move the story on in that it attempts to explain the rise in popularity of Drake's music in the 1990s and into this century; what it fails to capture, in my humble opinion, is the bleak, frightening intensity of Drake's implosion in the way that Humphries captured it. But that may simply be because I read the latter's book first.
Trevor Dann's book is no exception; maybe it has to be accepted after all these years that there's really very little story here, but I didn't even think he made the most of what he had; way too much of what Salinger calls 'that David Copperfield crap' (which would be OK if it didn't just make Drake sound like a spoilt, moody and not particularly interesting public schoolboy), even more padding about his Dad's adventuring in Singapore and the West Midlands motor trade (interesting enough in a 'not-really' sort of way), some very tenuous drug and mental illness speculation, the usual ragbag of semi-learned digressions (how easy must they be to pull off in these Google-equipped days).
As seems obligatory when discussing Drake too, every recollection or anecdote or detail is driven home with sledgehammer weight and significance and simultaneously treated with a kind of precious reverence in the context of the Events to Follow. The title is much in keeping with that style - next to 'Heavier than Heaven', which does the same job for Kurt Cobain, it's my new favourite stinky rock-biog title.
I remain convinced there is a story there though - I would loved a great deal more digging into where that remarkable style came from, and exactly how this weightless, almost context-free individual came up with an astonishing collection of songs - unfortunately it's not here. The closest anyone has come to that is in Ian Macdonald's extended essay in '...Read more ›
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A fascinating and considered analysis of the tragic and enigmatic musician life and works. Unfortunately the cheap paper used for the book and the bad printing of the print and... Read morePublished on 20 Mar. 2015 by Adrian Drew
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An absorbing read that put flesh on the bones of my own recollections of the man. Although i knew him for less than a year, and then for 'fleeting moments' when we would pass in a... Read morePublished on 21 April 2014 by Ed Gilchrist
Whilst i love Nick Drake's music, i didn't know much about him. I'm not sure i know much more now. Some of the author's thoughts and ideas were not supported by anything... Read morePublished on 6 Feb. 2014 by Mr George Easterbrook
As a "part time friend" of Nick's -many years ago - i was more saddened than happy with this perception. Read morePublished on 13 July 2013 by Embo