The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #126718 Message #2818020
Posted By: Will Fly
21-Jan-10 - 05:24 PM
Thread Name: Nick Drake - hype and reality
Subject: RE: Nick Drake - hype and reality
SC - I think it's possible to recognise the particular talents of a performer without liking them. Many people fall into this category for me (!) - I mentioned Billie Holiday, for example, and I would add Frank Sinatra to my own personal list. I'm enough of a musician, I hope, to understand the art they bring to their music - I just don't particularly care for the music.
With Nick Drake, it's the post-Drake hype that irritates me - as though he was a wonder boy who was totally unique. I just don't believe he was - given other people around at the time. However, I've never been one for introspective singer-songwriters, and - with respect - I don't think we can possibly comment on whether recognition in his lifetime would have had a bearing on his death. This thread is not about his life - it's about the media fog surrounding his life!