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Thread #126718   Message #2820673
Posted By: Edthefolkie
24-Jan-10 - 06:13 PM
Thread Name: Nick Drake - hype and reality
Subject: RE: Nick Drake - hype and reality
Wordsworth, Keats as influences?

Maybe but I'd place some of Drake's inspiration further back - Donne perhaps, George Herbert, Thomas Traherne, the C17 metaphysical poets.

Regarding "hype and reality", I don't think Ashley Hutchings (who spotted Drake at the Roundhouse) or Joe Boyd (Drake's producer)are exactly hucksters and hype merchants. OK so early death has never generally hindered record sales but that's hardly poor Nick's fault. Boyd managed to get most of Drake's songs out in an easy to obtain form - obviously he's a businessman but hardly Colonel Tom Parker.