The inner life of Nick Drake 

 Since his suicide 30 years ago, Nick Drake’s legend has grown and now the discovery of his final recorded song has cast new light on that fateful night in 1974. Family, friends and Drake’s former lover reveal for the first time the inner life of an other-worldly singer. 

By Peter Paphides THE GUARDIAN April 2004.

Sheltered by a mighty oak tree in the village of Tanworth-in-Arden, Nick Drake’s headstone lies beside a well-beaten path. In accordance with the notice on the tree – ‘fans are requested to pay their respects by leaving only small tokens or flowers’ – the stone is surrounded by all manner of tiny ephemera. In March, 2004, these included a harmonica, two bracelets, a ring, a framed picture of a girl dancing on the brow of a hill and the reminder from a packet of Swan rolling papers that prompted Drake to call his first album Five Leaves Left.

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Listen to Nick Drake documentary “Lost Boy”


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Nick Drake is the quintessential cult hero, and you can hear again why as Radio 2 presents another chance to hear 2004’s acclaimed documentary, presented by Hollywood superstar Brad Pitt.

Pitt was approached by Radio 2 earlier this year after the network learned he was a huge Nick Drake fan.

Pitt says: “I was introduced to Nick Drake’s music about five years ago, and am a huge admirer of his records.

“When Radio 2 approached me to get involved in this project, I was delighted to be asked and pleased that I was able to fit it into my schedule.”

To learn more about this broadcast, visit: http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio2/r2music/documentaries/nickdrake/