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The Strange Faces Project

A recording of Cello Song is the inspiration for a new photography exhibition

  • 27/01/2012
  • Sinead Garvan

A lost recording of Cello Song by Nick Drake has been turned into a fascinating new photography project.

It's the work of composer and musician Michael Burdett, who found the tape when he was working as a postboy at Island records in the 1970's and was allowed to keep it.

He didn't really think much of it until about 20 years later, he then contacted the manager of Nick Drake's estate who verified it was indeed a recording of Cello Song that hadn't been heard before.

Burdett was unable to broadcast or release because of copyright laws and it wasn't until a decade later that he decided he would photograph people listening to the recording.

He asked 200 people, mostly strangers, some friends and some famous faces and ended up with 167 photos of people all over the UK listening to the unique recording.

They are now on display at the Idea Generation Gallery in east London.

Sinead Garvan went along to meet the man behind The Strange Faces Project:

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