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Nick Drake

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Nick Drake
Drake in 1969
Drake in 1969
Background information
Birth nameNicholas Rodney Drake
Born(1948-06-19)19 June 1948
Rangoon, Burma
Died25 November 1974(1974-11-25) (aged 26)
Tanworth-in-Arden, Warwickshire, England
GenresContemporary folk
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, piano, clarinet, saxophone
Years active1967–74

Nick Drake (19 June 1948 – 25 November 1974) was an English singer-songwriter. He was best-known for his acoustic guitar songs. He was not popular with a wide audience while he was alive, but his work has now gained recognition.[1][2]

He was born to British parents in Yangon, Burma. He has an older sister Gabrielle Drake who is an actress. He released his first album Five Leaves Left in 1969.[3] He then released two more albums: Bryter Layter (1971) and Pink Moon (1972).

On 25 November 1974, at the age of 26, Drake died from an overdose of approximately 30 antidepressant pills. His cause of death was determined to be suicide.

Other reading[change | change source]

  • Boyd, Joe (2006). White Bicycles – Making Music in the 1960s, Serpent's Tail. ISBN 978-1-85242-910-2
  • Cale, John (1999). What's Welsh for Zen, Bloomsbury. ISBN 978-0-7475-4383-1
  • Chartier, Henry (2008). "Nick Drake : l'abécédaire", Le Bord de l'eau (in French) ISBN 978-2-35687-002-5
  • Dann, Trevor (2006). Darker Than the Deepest Sea: The Search for Nick Drake, Da Capo Press. London. 2006. ISBN 978-0-306-81520-1
  • De Angelis, Paola (2007). "Journey to the Stars — I testi di Nick Drake", Arcana Editrice (in Italian)
  • Drake, Nick: Under Review DVD (2007) ASIN: B000TV4PZG
  • Hogan, Peter K (2008). Nick Drake: The Complete Guide to His Music.
  • Humphries, Patrick (1997). Nick Drake: The Biography, Bloomsbury USA. ISBN 978-1-58234-035-7
  • Petrusich, Amanda (2007). 3313 Nick Drake's Pink Moon. ISBN 978-0-8264-2790-8
  • Rasmussen, Gorm Henrik (1986). Pink Moon — Sangeren og guitaristen Nick Drake (in Danish), Forlaget Hovedland.
  • Rasmussen, Gorm Henrik (2012). Pink Moon: A Story about Nick Drake, Rocket 88. ISBN 978-1-906615-28-4
  • Various sources (2003). Way to Blue: an Introduction to Nick Drake, Omnibus Press. ISBN 978-0-7119-8179-9
  • Various sources (2003). The Nick Drake Song Collection, Music Sales. ISBN 978-0-7119-4464-0

References[change | change source]

  1. "Nick Drake — Biography" Archived 2012-10-27 at the Wayback Machine, VH1.com, 2005. Retrieved 5 May 2016
  2. "Brad Pitt fronts Nick Drake show", BBC News, 6 April 2004. Retrieved 5 May 2016
  3. Richie Unterberger. "Nick Drake". AllMusic. Retrieved 5 May 2016.