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Nick Drake: The Life

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He knew that that the way forward was to find a publisher, sell the songs, find a record company, find a producer, and perform. But I think what’s fundamentally important to remember about Nick’s own musical taste is that he came from a classical place as a child, and classical music was very much his companion in his illness – more, I infer (I don’t know for sure) than pop or rock. AUDIENCE MEMBER 5: I’m interested in Nick Drake’s classical influences, which you alluded to – you mentioned that he listened to classical music in the last years of his life, and I hear the influence of Debussy in some of the string arrangements on Five Leaves Left, for example. There was no suggestion by anyone that he was marginal, that he should have low expectations of his sales and the take-up of his work.

RU: Going to the core of Nick’s musical achievements, his most important musical associate was the producer Joe Boyd. Having established that they were staying in an old French colonial hotel, La Mamounia, they went there that evening. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average.These cookies help provide information on metrics the number of visitors, bounce rate, traffic source, etc. While Drake’s career as a musician was characterised by diffidence, his youth wasn’t entirely devoid of high jinks. Reading this immensely detailed and thoroughly engaging biography is something of a mixed joy for a fan like me .

Everyone around him tried to help; from time to time, some did, leading to more heartbreak when Drake relapsed. The assumption has been that smoking dope defined his days, and probably didn’t help when it came to his descent into mental illness. Having seen them going in, looking quite extraordinary even by their own standards, we marched in and I made a request to play in the bar.

So, in the way that circumstantial evidence can be more compelling [than a smoking gun] in a criminal investigation, that consensus, to me, was more powerful than any amazing single revelation would have been.

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