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Thread #126718 Message #2820913
Posted By: GUEST,matt milton
25-Jan-10 - 08:08 AM
Thread Name: Nick Drake - hype and reality
Subject: RE: Nick Drake - hype and reality
I can't say I often feel the impulse to point to anything and exclaim the word genius. Both Nick Drake and Nic Jones got to be very good guitarists by playing the guitar a hell of a lot. While Drake used a lot more tunings, neither of them routinely played in standard EADGBE tuning.
I think it's fairly pointless to compare Nick Drake with Nic Jones. For me, Nic Jones belongs stylistically in that Martin Carthy tradition of guitar playing, which you can hear in Martin Simpson and new kid on the block Sam Carter. Drake for me is clearly in the Jansch, Graham mould.
As far as getting laid goes, the Humphries biography makes it clear that Nick Drake just wasn't interested. He had plenty of opportunities, he just was a bit of an aesthete. I think he had more than a few hangups, but probably no more than plenty of over-sensitive 20something guys