Darker Than the Deepest Sea: The Search for Nick Drake

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Hachette Books, Sep 12, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 288 pages
When Nick Drake (1948-1974) died of a drug overdose at twenty-six, he left behind three modest-selling albums, including the stark Pink Moon and the lush Bryter Layter. Three decades later, he is recognized as one of the true geniuses of English acoustic music. Yet Nick Drake--whose music was as gentle and melancholy as the man himself-- has always maintained a spectral presence in popular music. This groundbreaking biography reconstructs a vanished life while perfectly capturing the bohemian scenes surrounding the music business in London in the late '60s and early '70s. Using many newly discovered documents and all-new interviews, Trevor Dann reveals more detail on Nick Drake than ever, from his upbringing in a quintessentially English village, through his hash-fueled school days at Cambridge University, to the missed opportunities and mismanagement that defined his career. Friends and colleagues describe the difficulties that he faced as each new album was released, only to fail, and the insidious despair that consumed him. Complete with discography and rare photos, Darker Than the Deepest Sea is essential reading for anyone who has been moved by Nick Drake's unforgettable blend of beauty and sadness.

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Meticulous portrait of the gentle English singer/songwriter whose posthumous impact on the music world continues to gather force.For someone with only three albums to his name, very little success in ... Read full review

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Since singer/songwriter Nick Drake's (1948-74) death by an overdose of tranquilizers, a cult has grown around him and his music, which filled a slim three albums in his lifetime. He was not a major ... Read full review


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The former head of BBC Music Entertainment and producer of Live Aid, Trevor Dann has written for The Times, Q, Mojo, and The Independent. He lives near Cambridge, United Kingdom.

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