New Biography Has Blessing And Involvement Of Nick Drake’s Property

The primary biography of Nick Drake to be written with the blessing and involvement of his sister and property might be revealed by John Murray on June 8. Nick Drake: The Life will embrace a foreword by the revered late singer-songwriter’s sister, actress Gabrielle Drake and over 75 photographs, a lot of them uncommon or beforehand unseen.

Storied producer Joe Boyd, who oversaw Drake’s first two albums, 1969’s 5 Leaves Left and 1971’s Bryter Later, says of the brand new work: “That is the e book we’ve been ready for – the one Nick’s legacy deserves and so badly wants. Richard Morton Jack has reconstructed Nick’s life with nice sensitivity and care, and in outstanding element. It’s a biography to be treasured.”

The publicity for the e book notes: “In 1968 Nick Drake had the whole lot to stay for. The product of a loving, inventive household and a privileged background, he was not solely a good-looking and common Cambridge undergraduate, but additionally a brand new signing to the UK’s hippest document label, Island.

“Three years later, nonetheless – having made three well-reviewed however low-selling albums – Nick had been overwhelmed by a mysterious psychological sickness. He returned to stay in his household house in rural Warwickshire in 1971, and died in obscurity in 1974, aged simply 26.

“Within the many years since, Nick has grow to be the topic of ever-growing fascination and hypothesis. Mixed gross sales of his data now stand within the tens of millions, his songs are regularly heard on TV and in movies, and he has grow to be one of the crucial broadly identified and admired singer-songwriters of his technology.”

Nick Drake: The Life attracts on intensive authentic analysis and new interviews together with his household, associates and musical collaborators. It additionally has distinctive entry to deeply private archive materials that has been unavailable to earlier biographers, together with the diaries of Drake’s father, Nick’s essays and personal correspondence, to create “probably the most complete and authoritative account doable of [his] brief and enigmatic life.”

Purchase or stream Five Leaves Left.