Nick Drake: The Biography Patrick Humphries
Nick Drake was barely 26 years old when he died in 1974. The British singer-songwriter made only three albums during his short life time: "Five Leaves Left", "Bryter Layer" and "Pink Moon". All are now recognized as classics. Since his death, Nick has been cited as a seminal influence by stars as diverse as REM, Elton John, Paul Weller, Jackson Brown, Everything But the Girl, Tom Verlaine and Matt Johnson of The The. This biography includes extensive interviews with friends, colleagues and musicians who knew and worked with Nick. It provides an insight into the life and work of Nick Drake, and also the music scene of the 1960s that formed his backdrop. The author's lifelong appreciations of and interest in Nick Drake were further fuelled when he discovered that his uncle Dr James Lusk actually delivered Nick into the world and remained a friend of the Drake family. In the book, he draws on a long letter from Nick's father to Dr Lusk, in which he describes how Nick's mother, discovered Nick's body during the morning of 25 November 1974, following an accidental overdose of prescribed drugs.