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Thread #126718 Message #2818067
Posted By: Folknacious
21-Jan-10 - 06:27 PM
Thread Name: Nick Drake - hype and reality
Subject: RE: Nick Drake - hype and reality
I saw him live, in Les Cousins i.i.r.c. He really wasn't anything special. I heard his records when they first came out. They really weren't anything special at the time - there were lots of other songwriter/ guitarists on the contemporary folk scene back then who were a lot more interesting. My two pennorth of theory says that that the art of contemporary folk guitar has largely been lost among today's strummy singer/songwriters so he superficially sounds tricksier than the current crop. He didn't hold a candle to contemporaries like Dave Evans or Steve Tilston back then, but they didn't have Joe Boyd as a 'name producer, or top themselves (a particularly good career move), or get into VW adverts.