Summary:

Last part of paragraph two reads: "He left no film footage of performances, only three widely revered solo albums, and performed no more than a couple of dozen times before dying of an overdose of antidepressants at his parents' home. Yet the cult that has developed around him is no excuse for some of the crimes committed in his name."

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The Songs of Nick Drake

MUSIC

DAVID POLLOCK

THE SONGS OF NICK DRAKE **
GLASGOW FILM THEATRE

WERE you to quiz the plethora of solo singer-songwriters working the circuit today, it's a fair bet that most of them would name Nick Drake as a massive inspiration.

Undoubtedly, the Warwickshire-raised Drake was a fantastic artist and, as the meagre but affectionate half-hour short film which accompanied this performance noted, the kind of enigma music fans love so much. He left no film footage of performances, only three widely revered solo albums, and performed no more than a couple of dozen times before dying of an overdose of antidepressants at his parents' home. Yet the cult that has developed around him is no excuse for some of the crimes committed in his name.

Folk musician Keith James and his double-bass-playing sideman Rick Foot might be a very talented pair of musicians, but their live reprises of Drake's songs fell some way short of the simple experience of listening to the originals on record. James's own songs were notably less vivid than Drake's and - as fun as it was to hear such classics as One of These Things First, Northern Sky and Place to Be performed live - I got the feeling James aims to preach to the already converted rather than the world at large. And navel-gazing to Drake's music is something you can do on your own.

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