When singer-songwriter Nick Drake died of a drug overdose in the autumn of 1974, he left behind only three well-received but modest selling albums. Today, he is recognised as one of true geniuses of English folk music, with millions of fans worldwide and a regular place in all-time best album lists.; Using many newly discovered documents and all-new interviews with the singer's friends and associates, Trevor Dann's book reveals more detail on Nick Drake's life than ever previously published, from his early years in Tanworth-in-Arden and Cambridge, to the missed opportunities and mismanagement that defined his recording career, to the remarkable 'Drake cult' that has grown since the singer's death at age 26. An unflinching portrait of a reclusive and gifted artist, Darker Than the Deepest Sea is essential reading for any serious music fan.
The former Head of Music Entertainment at the BBC and a producer of Live Aid, Trevor Dann has written for The Times, Q Magazine, Mojo and the Independent. He is a media consultant who presents a weekly show on Classic Gold. He lives near Cambridge.
'A haunting tribute to this most passionately adored of musicians' - Independent on Sunday 'Excellent' - Guardian 'A spirited attempt to get inside Drake's world' - The Sunday Times 'A bold attempt to unravel the tragic secrets of an enduring, but still elusive, cult hero. Dann is a fan, but he's not blinkered and goes beyond the usual clichs of Byronesque sensitivity' - Mojo