- Tapa blanda: 288 páginas
- Editor: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC; Edición: New edition (24 de septiembre de 1998)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0747535035
- ISBN-13: 978-0747535034
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Nick Drake: The Biography (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 24 sep 1998
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A biography of the British singer songwriter who died aged twenty six, having made three albums, all now recognised as classics.
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PATRICK HUMPHRIES 14 Red Post Hill, London SE24 9JQ 0207 737 7222
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But there really wasn't much Nick. There was the odd bootleg like Tanworth in Arden, but not much more than that
I remember ordering this from the UK direct from Bloomsbury, just to have it rushed to me straight away. I even had it sent to care of a friend in Queens just so it would not be lost
Its a good book, I'm not gonna lie, but Humphries, an excellent writer (books on the Floyd, Beatles etc) was severely limited in that he wasn't granted permission to quote from the lyrics
Now, from what I understand about poor Nick, this is where he expressed himself so very well: in his songs. You listen to the songs on Pink Moon and I think you know pretty well what makes the fellow tick. "Place to be" is heartbreaking, "Which will" even more so.
Humphries is good at substantiating the facts. Turns out that Nick had a very happy time going to school and setting the record as a short distance runner (Arthur Lubow, who wrote the Fruit Tree essay, suggested it was a dark period of his life, before he started college at Cambridge)
Trouble is, Humphries is grasping at shadows. Everything is rather ambiguous.. For example, his drug use. Did Nick like a joint? Seems so, he named his first album after the warning in a rolling paper container: Five leaves left. But heroine? Dunno, doubtful
Or sex? Did Nick have a girlfriend? Dunno. He was well fancied, but noones come forward. And did Nick have a fiancee? Well, dunno. And how about that relationship with Francoise Hardy? Doesn't look like it
Its all incredibly vague
Perhaps the best way to understanding what makes Nick tick is by listening to the albums? Cos he didn't seem to exist very much in his own life
Whether it was cos of the drug use, or just laziness, being born with a silver spoon and accustomed to not having to, well, work..
Cos obviously Nick wasn't gonna be played on the radio unless he made the effort and did live gigs and the occasional radio gig
But he didn't seem to want to
Its a good biography, but Nick Drake fans are really gonna have to live with the fact that noone seemed to know the young man very well.
The best way is probably through the studio albums he recorded while still with us. Pick up Fruit Tree (2007)(that has the 3 cds & A Skin Too Few dvd)
The Fruit Tree vinyl from the same year has gonna bad reviews (lot of fingerprints on the pressings, scratched) so stick to the cds unless you have a Japanese pressing of the vinyl (which is said to have a very intimate sound to it)
Drake was painfully quiet and withdrawn for most of his adult life. This fact is constantly restated throughout the book. Admittedly, it's a herculean task to draw 271 pages of text from such a short (26 year) life, especially when the subject offered so little of his art (3 albums and change) and even less of himself--we hear from many acquaintances who all offer variations on the one theme of Drake's decline into distant solitude. Humphries also finds ways to work around manager/curator Joe Boyd's lack of cooperation, though one is always aware of it.
When the narrative isn't being padded by repetition, it's often on a tangent. R.E.M.'s Peter Buck has, like many, drawn a parallel between Drake and Robert Johnson. As a result, we get more than is called for on R.E.M., Buck (whose interview is revisited later in the book, of course) and Robert Johnson. We also slog through a couple of unrewarding pages about Francoise Hardy just to mention Drake's momentary, inconsequential meeting with her.
Still, Drake's uncanny magnetism carries the day. As for Humphries, I don't see anyone else out there covering Richard Thompson, Fairport Convention and their ilk, and for that, I still tip my hat to him. If you are a fan, or are just curious about Nick Drake's background, this book will have something for you. You just may need to be patient while you look for it.