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Thread #126718 Message #2818767
Posted By: Smedley
22-Jan-10 - 03:27 PM
Thread Name: Nick Drake - hype and reality
Subject: RE: Nick Drake - hype and reality
Good call from Spleen Cringe to mention Shelagh Macdonald's 'Stargazer' - a sublime piece of work.
As for Nick Drake - clearly very talented, in a particular vein, and it's the 'vein' which now seems to exert such appeal. Doomed, pretty, unfulfilled-promise young men will always find a niche market - lots of similarly sensitive types find that such music fuels certain romantic (in the broader sense) fantasies. Drake has become a sort of English-acoustic James Dean.
But I'd rather hear Norma Waterson sing Drake's 'River Man' than his own version.
In Britain, too, the Drake cult was hugely influenced by some articles written about him by the late Ian Macdonald, one of the best ever U,K, music journalists. He (also privileged, unstable and eventually, tragically suicidal) wrote some powerful & evocative articles in the 1990s about Drake that greatly helped to promote interest.