This year marks the 40th anniversary of the passing of seminal English folk crooner Nick Drake. In light of the occasion, the first-ever fully authorized biography on Drake will be released later this year via John Murray Publishers.
Nick Drake: Remembered For A While was compiled by the singer’s sister Gabrielle Drake and the Nick Drake Estate. The book covers the entire arc of Drake’s life, featuring never-before-seen photos, handwritten lyrics, and rare personal documents to augment the narrative. Also included are interviews and excerpts from Drake’s family and friends and longtime collaborators, including producer Joe Boyd, songwriter Paul Wheeler, and poet Will Stone. Music writer Pete Paphides also contributed an essay, dissecting Drake’s unique recording process.
The more musically savvy of Drake’s admirers should enjoy the tuning guide to Drake’s back catalog, a comprehensive guide to every single live performance, and insights from singer-songwriter Chris Healey on Drake’s guitar-playing habits. Plus, a deluxe version comes with a 10-inch vinyl featuring unreleased recordings from Drake’s 1969 John Peel session. You can preview the release at the Guardian, where “Cello Song” is streaming.
Pre-orders for the book are ongoing. Below, check out a teaser video and a pair of photos: