Darker Than the Deepest Sea: The Search for Nick Drake

By Trevor Dann

When Nick Drake (1948-1974) died of a drug overdose at twenty-six, he left in the back of 3 modest-selling albums, together with the stark Pink Moon and the plush Bryter Layter. 3 a long time later, he's famous as one of many real geniuses of English acoustic song. but Nick Drake--whose song was once as mild and depression because the guy himself-- has constantly maintained a spectral presence in renowned tune. This groundbreaking biography reconstructs a vanished lifestyles whereas completely taking pictures the bohemian scenes surrounding the tune enterprise in London within the overdue '60s and early '70s. utilizing many newly stumbled on files and all-new interviews, Trevor Dann finds extra element on Nick Drake than ever, from his upbringing in a quintessentially English village, via his hash-fueled college days at Cambridge collage, to the neglected possibilities and mismanagement that outlined his profession. buddies and associates describe the problems that he confronted as every one new album used to be published, in basic terms to fail, and the insidious melancholy that fed on him. entire with discography and infrequent pictures, Darker Than the private Sea is key studying for someone who has been moved by means of Nick Drake's unforgettable mix of good looks and sadness.

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In the future Paul Wheeler invited him to go to the grand mansion in Ascot the place his spouse was once operating as a private assistant. This grew to become out to be Titenhurst Park, domestic of John Lennon and Yoko Ono. even if Nick took a activate the well-known white piano isn’t recorded. one other outdated good friend, Robert Kirby, invited him to play guitar on a recording consultation he was once setting up for his female friend who labored at Longman, the tutorial publishers. interaction One was once an instructional equipment to be used in secondary colleges with poems, tales, movie strips and track. Nick performed a bass line for I want i used to be A unmarried woman back, and acoustic rhythm guitar at the sea shanty complete Fathom 5 and the previous Victorian Australian track With My Swag All On My Shoulder, on which Robert Kirby sang lead vocal. there isn't any point out of Nick at the sleeve, however the crisp, robust enjoying is absolutely his. ninety five Robert Kirby has defined Nick’s paintings at the consultation as ‘very professional’. throughout the summer time of 1971, Chris Blackwell provided Nick using his villa in Algeciras, on Spain’s Costa del Sol, to aid him get well from what Island documents nonetheless was hoping used to be a short lived challenge. With Joe Boyd in Hollywood and Witchseason offered to Island, Nick was once now signed on to the label, which had taken over paying his weekly retainer. ‘Five Leaves Left used to be faultless,’ says Blackwell this present day, ‘but Bryter Layter I didn’t like as a lot – the creation was once too busy. We have been all approximately giving artists greatest freedom to advance at their very own speed so we would have liked Nick to take as a lot time and house as he had to get a hold of his subsequent album. ’ On his option to Spain, traveling by myself, Nick stopped off in Paris to name on Françoise Hardy, whom he’d obvious in brief whereas she was once recording her English-language album with Tony Cox in London. Nick advised John Martyn afterwards that once he’d rung her doorbell and came upon that she used to be out he couldn’t locate the braveness to go away a message together with her maid so he’d easily left with no talking. NICK HAD stored in shut contact with John wooden, the engineer at Sound ideas, who had performed greater than someone to create the Nick Drake sound. instantly in October 1971, John took a cellphone name at his domestic in Mildenhall, Suffolk. It was once Nick in Tanworth announcing he desired to make a brand new list. John knew he needed to flow quick, yet Sound strategies was once booked reliable and the single time he may possibly get in was once after the daylight hours classes had entire. On his option to the studio, Nick referred to as at Sophia Ryde’s flat, which had many postimpressionist work on its partitions, and requested her variety up the lyrics he’d written in an workout publication. She wasn’t in any respect proud of the phrases to a track known as unfastened journey, which noted ‘the photos that you simply dangle at the wall’ and looked to be a play on her surname and a none too sophisticated plea for her to be extra realizing. ‘We went in a single night,’ John wooden instructed BBC Radio 2, ‘put up 4 microphones, most likely did 5 - 6 songs immediately off and Nick was once very quiet all through. ’ Linda Thompson, who visited the studio that evening, is of the same opinion that Nick didn’t converse.

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