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Nick Drake

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Tanworth-in-Arden, England (1967 – 1974)

Nick Drake (Nicholas Rodney Drake, Rangoon, Burma, June 19, 1948 - Tanworth-in-Arden, England, November 25, 1974) was an English singer known for his gentle, enigmatic songs and his virtuoso right-hand finger picking technique.

Although he recorded only three albums, critics and fellow musicians hold his work in very high esteem. Drake failed to find a wide audience during his lifetime, and had a strong aversion to performing. Since his death, however, Drake’s music has gained a significant cult following.

Drake’s father worked as an engineer. Although he was born in Rangoon, Burma, Nick’s family moved back to England soon afterward, and Drake was brought up in Tanworth-in-Arden, a small village in the English county of Warwickshire. He went to public school at Marlborough College, where he learned to play the clarinet and piano. As a young adult, Drake enrolled in Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, to study English. His older sister, Gabrielle Drake, is an actress.

Drake was a fan of British and the emerging American music scene, including artists Bob Dylan and Phil Ochs. While a university student, Drake began performing in local clubs and coffee houses. He was discovered by Ashley Hutchings, the bass player of the group Fairport Convention. Hutchings introduced Drake to the other members of Fairport Convention, folk singer John Martyn and producer Joe Boyd.

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  • jonatas_90

    Northern Sky

    Yesterday 11:58pm Reply
  • Angel_Blue-

    It would be weird he not having the indie tag, these crazy douchebags are always tagging everything as indie..

    27 Feb 10:38pm Reply
  • juliacfonseca

    laughing at the indie tag [2]

    27 Feb 4:30am Reply
  • ladidavid

    My discovery of the day :D

    25 Feb 7:27pm Reply
  • juliacfonseca

    Nick embalando meus dias de chuva...

    24 Feb 1:22am Reply
  • janaplein

    Big Fan Here

    22 Feb 7:31pm Reply
  • leneheart

    14 Feb 10:10pm Reply
  • matheusrosa94

    laughing at the indie tag

    29 Jan 5:20pm Reply
  • fuckdeshet

    we miss you u.u

    16 Jan 9:00am Reply
  • Sad_florenthine

    Five Leaves Left is [one] of the most beautiful and melancholy albums ever recorded...

    16 Jan 6:08am Reply
  • c3rm7

    For fans of Nick Drake, Bon Iver and Iron & Wine, check out Two Lions by Capital Unknowns. https://capitalunknowns.bandcamp.com/album/two-lions

    13 Jan 9:46pm Reply
  • Angel_Blue-

    Music that soothes the mind and soul. [2] I'm glad he existed.

    4 Jan 8:28pm Reply
  • Berrieworld

    I bought 'Remembered For A While' for £29.99 through Rough Trade, and I think it's worth every penny!

    4 Jan 12:40am Reply
  • will-neill

    Despite my earlier comment, I caved in and read Remembered For A While. I was wrong, it's honestly worth it, especially if you're as obsessed by ND as I am, but it's also an incredibly well put together book, and doesn't feel like a cash grab at all. But don't buy it for £150, please. Perhaps not even £35, some shops are selling it for around £22.

    29 Dec 2014 Reply
  • PedroLord

    Tenha certeza que, assim como você buscou em toda sua vida, sua música é importante e faz parte da minha vida!

    27 Dec 2014 Reply
  • cassionadine

    I want and need to read "Nick Drake: Remembered for a While". But I'm so sad for it is not available in Brazil ):

    12 Dec 2014 Reply
  • juliacfonseca

    You're immortal now sweet Nick...don't worry you won't be forgotten.

    25 Nov 2014 Reply
  • will-neill

    For fuck's sake, £150 for a signed edition of the book? £35 for the standard edition? It's a real shame since it looks like something I'd probably love to read, but the fact people have decided to take one artist's legacy to make some ridiculous markup profit is honestly insulting to his memory. I'm inclined to think Gabrielle Drake isn't innocent in this either.

    25 Nov 2014 Reply
  • AlexShelk

    How did I make it this long without hearing this man? Love you Nick, you make my soul happy.

    25 Nov 2014 Reply
  • JackAnderson94

    40 years today.

    25 Nov 2014 Reply
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