A study, mostly chronological, of the life of Nick Drake (1948-1974). Gabrielle, his older sister, tells us of her brother's birth in Burma, childhood in Warwickshire, life at Cambridge and...
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A study, mostly chronological, of the life of Nick Drake (1948-1974). Gabrielle, his older sister, tells us of her brother's birth in Burma, childhood in Warwickshire, life at Cambridge and in London, then back to his parents' home in Tanworth. His parents describe his habits and personality. Two friends and the producer, arranger, sound engineer, and photographer for his three albums comment. His mother, a musician and poet, is an early influence. His quiet folk style made his one tour a disaster. His lack of success and gradual withdrawal end with his death at 26. Eleven of his recordings play on the soundtrack, usually as we see his room, a city, or the Warwickshire countryside. Written by
The film is really a bunch of relevant imagery and interviews put to Nick Drakes music. This, I think, was the best approach in tackling the simple and sad story of this ever growing in popularity singer/song-writer.
A Skin Too Few ends up looking like part documentary and part promotional video, with some whole songs put into context with footage of Cambridge for 'Five Leaves Left' period and the streets of London for 'Bryter Layter'.
This is not an in depth source of information, rather a gentle story - told mainly by the music - in a way that will only add to the mystery of why Nick Drakes music seems to genuinely touch so many people.
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