Thursday, February 4, 2016

75. Nick Drake - Pink Moon

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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 major depression. 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, at the age of 26,  Drake died from  an overdose of  approximately 30
amitriptyline pills, a prescribed antidepressant. His cause of death was determined to be suicide. Source

Keith Morris was the photographer who took Nick Drake's photo for the cover of Bryter Layter (1970) and he was commissioned to photograph Drake for the
cover of Pink Moon. However, the photos were not used as Drake's rapidly  deteriorating appearance, hunched  figure and blank  expression were not
considered good selling points.  Island's creative director Annie Sullivan, recalled the difficulty in making a decision around the cover of the LP:
"I remember  going to talk to  [Nick], and he  just sat there, hunched up,  and even though  he didn't speak,  I knew the  album was called
Pink Moonand I can't remember how he conveyed it, whether he wrote it down. . . he wanted a pink moon. He couldn't tell me what
he wanted,  but had  'pink moon'  to go on."  Island picked a  piece of surrealist  Dali-esque art by  Michael Trevithick,  who was
incidentally  a friend  of Drake's  sister  Gabrielle.  Although  Drake was  not outspoken  in his  opinion  on  the  cover art of
Pink Moon, many close to him felt that he approved.

David Sandison, Island's press officer stated that he found the original framed artwork for Pink Moon in among the
debris of the basement room that Island later  allocated to him as his office, and he took it home and hung it
on  the  wall  of  his  house  for  several  years,  before  eventually  presenting  it to  Drake's  parents.  An
undated photo of Drake's music room at his parents' house in Tanworth-in-Arden shows what appears
to be the artwork hanging on the wall. Full article

Classic Album Art through Ejay Frembeschi on Pinterest.

Pink Moon. It's so quiet and peaceful now.

Album produced by John Wood. Island 1972.

No. 131, The Virgin All-Time Album Top 1000; No. 321, Rolling Stone, The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time

(A) Pink Moon - Place to Be - Road - Which Will - Horn - Things Behind the Sun

(B) Know - Parasite - Free Ride - Harvest Breed - From the Morning

"Pink Moon" Song & Lyrics from dezzy94 on YouTube.



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