A Story about Nick Drake
- Gorm Henrik Rasmussen
- Translated by
- Bent Sørensen
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Originally written in Danish in 1980, Pink Moon was the first biography of Nick Drake, and remains the only one to include exclusive interviews with the singer’s parents, Rodney and Molly Drake. In this new, significantly updated edition, available in English for the first time, author and poet Gorm Henrik Rasmussen reveals more from his visits to the Drakes in their home Far Leys – the first, just five years after the death of their troubled son.
Rasmussen includes new interviews with Nick’s friends and collaborators plus extracts taken from his eight-year correspondence with the Drakes, and from telephone conversations he had with Rodney every month over four years.
Full of intimate detail about the last three years of Nick’s life spent at his childhood home, Pink Moon – A Story about Nick Drake is a personal, original, and moving retelling of the life, death, and posthumous rise of a poet and guitarist who was strangely unsuited for his own time, and is more popular now than he ever was in life.
A genuine pleasure … Any Nick Drake fan will feel that they know their hero a little better after reading Pink Moon, even if the biggest impression the book leaves one with is that Nick Drake was and still is unknowable – as remote and rare as the rosey satellite of its title.
★ ★ ★ ★ Rasmussen writes elegantly about the music, while his detailed account of the last years of Drake’s life are sensitively handled.
Mark Blake, Mojo
Wonderful … fans will find it a great companion book to Drake’s music, and rock lovers will enjoy the author’s serious, personal attempt to get intimate with his icon.
Douglas Lord, Library Journal
Pink Moon is an incredibly moving and affirming read, and I can’t recommend it highly enough to fans old and new alike.
There’s other more exhaustive, detailed books on Drake, bit none truly capture the feel of Drake like this slim book does. This is the earliest (and arguably best) book on Drake. The author has sensitively pieced together a picture of a sometimes mysterious man, whose life ended just as mysteriously. I know this is yet another Drake book to add to your shelf – but it’s a good one. Nick Drake fans don’t miss it.
Stuart Jefferson, Amazon.com
You need this. I think it’s the best book about Nick Drake that’s been published, and that’s not a knock on the books written by Patrick Humphries or Trevor Dann, which are both excellent. This one just makes me feel like I’m closer to the real Nick Drake. … Recommended.
Gregory P. Carrier, Amazon.com
I was captivated from start to finish and felt that finally a book had been written here that actually rang true.
I am so pleased it’s been now translated from Danish to English so this wonderful book can finally reach the wider audience it deserves and I say this sincerely as a long-term Nick Drake fan that I’m very glad it’s here now and I’d highly recommend it to anyone who is discovering Nick Drake for the first time as their first port of call in their quest to get to know him better.
Gorm tells the story with great understanding of Nick and his art. He must be credited with writing the first book about Nick, and possibly the best one too. It is a book that, like Nick’s own works, was unappreciated for many years. Now that it is translated, and its truth and magic revealed, it deserves to find a much wider audience, and will undoubtedly bring satisfaction to all those who wish to know the real Nick Drake a little better.
Jason Creed, Pynk Moon: A Nick Drake Fanzine
I’d been wanting this book for a really long time! It is hard-to-find, absolutely beautiful and more than worth the wait.
Written by an author who has a firm grasp on language arts and interpreting art and music, Pink Moon is one part biography and another part song and album review.
Transcending the traditional woes of stereotypical biographies, Gorm Henrik Rasmussen has managed to somehow make the life and work of one of the world’s greatest talents even more worthy of being coveted. His blending of art criticism, literary translation of Drake’s music and interesting (and true) stories of the guitarist lift this book to a point other biographers (not just of Drake) can’t seem to reach. It truly inspires readership to listen to the music again and again by telling the stories we’ve all been dying to know.
Rasmussen has done the cult following of Nick Drake immeasurable good by doing the sincere investigative research for this book. It goes unmatched, which is evident in other books and films about Drake, because they often use Rasmussen’s findings as sources!
Spencer Johnston, Amazon.com
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About the author
Gorm Henrik Rasmussen (b. 1955) is a poet living in Copenhagen, Denmark. He has published novels, short stories, poems, and works of non-fiction. His subjects include eccentrics and strange places of the northern part of Jutland, where he was born and raised. He has received several literary awards from The Danish Arts Foundation and The Danish Arts Council.