Saturday, June 19, 2010

In Memoriam: Nick Drake

Singer-songwriter Nick Drake was born on this day in 1948; he died of a drugs overdose* in November 1974 at the age of 26 having recorded only three records: Five Leaves Left (1969), Bryter Layter (1970), and Pink Moon (1972). Oh, but what records they are! That Nick Drake died so young is a shame; that his sweet voice and sensitive thoughts live on is a testament to the power of art.

This is the first part of a 2004 documentary called A Skin Too Few, about his life and work; it was not the first tribute he received, though. In 1985 The Dream Academy dedicated their smash hit song Life in a Northern Town to Drake and his memory.

*Amitriptyline, prescribed as an anti-depressant.
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Daniel said...

I've only recently discovered Nick Drake. Maybe the back-story put me off for a while. But now I definitely feel richer.

Thanks for posting this!

michael sean morris said...

I find I've discovered different music at different times in my life as I've needed it. For instance, I didn't care for Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, or Iron Maiden in high school. I saved it for my thirties when I was sullen and anti-social!

Anyway... Glad you enjoyed it. I try to include the widest possible variety of everything here for that very reason.