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- Joe Boyd speaks to Radcliffe and Maconie about Nick Drakehttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p0195mc8.jpg2013-05-17T13:30:00ZJoe Boyd, Nick Drake's producer, speaks to Radcliffe and Maconie.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/artists/99ea432a-e3d8-42cb-9d5e-db316a6a8458?clipfocus=p0195mdtSelected ClipSelected ClipAudio 17 mins
Joe Boyd speaks to Radcliffe and Maconie about Nick Drake
- Scott Matthews performs Nick Drake's Place To Behttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02bl1t0.jpg2010-04-22T00:00:00ZThe Wolverhampton singer-songwriter performs one of the tracks that originally appeared on Nick Drake's final album Pink Moon.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/artists/99ea432a-e3d8-42cb-9d5e-db316a6a8458?clipfocus=p007h7g3Selected ClipSelected ClipVideo 5 mins
Scott Matthews performs Nick Drake's Place To Be
- Reflecting on Nick Drakehttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02bkyc2.jpg2010-04-16T00:00:00ZThose who knew him like Joe Boyd and Danny Thompson and artists who've performed his songs discuss Nick Drake.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/artists/99ea432a-e3d8-42cb-9d5e-db316a6a8458?clipfocus=p007dgh1Selected ClipSelected ClipVideo 4 mins
Reflecting on Nick Drake
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Nicholas Rodney "Nick" Drake (19 June 1948 – 25 November 1974) was an English singer-songwriter and musician, known for his acoustic guitar-based songs. He failed to find a wide audience during his lifetime, but his work has gradually achieved wider notice and recognition. Drake signed to Island Records when he was 20 years old and was a student at the University of Cambridge, and released his debut album, Five Leaves Left, in 1969. By 1972, he had recorded two more albums—Bryter Layter and Pink Moon. Neither sold more than 5,000 copies on initial release. Drake's reluctance to perform live, or be interviewed, contributed to his lack of commercial success. There is no known footage of the adult Drake; he was only ever captured in still photographs and in home footage from his childhood.
Drake suffered from depression, particularly during the latter part of his short life. This was often reflected in his lyrics. On completion of his third album, 1972's Pink Moon, he withdrew from both live performance and recording, retreating to his parents' home in rural Warwickshire. On 25 November 1974, Drake died from an overdose of amitriptyline, a prescribed antidepressant; he was 26 years old. Whether his death was an accident or suicide has never been resolved.