Nick Drake: The Biography by Patrick HumphriesNick Drake was barely 26 years old when he died in 1974 following an accidental overdose of prescribed drugs. The British singer-songwriter made only three albums during his short life - Five Leaves Left, Bryter Layter and Pink Moon. All are now recognized as classics.
Since his death, Nick has been cited as a seminal influence by stars as diverse as REM, Elton John, and Paul Weller. While the lives of other musicians who died before their time, such as Jim Morrison, John Lennon, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Gram Parsons, have been amply documented, there has never before been a biography of Nick Drake. Patrick Humphries illuminating text includes exclusive interviews with friends, colleagues and musicians who knew and worked with Nick. It provides an unprecedented insight not only into the life and work of Nick Drake, but also into the music scene of the 1960s that formed his backdrop.
If a week is a long time in politics, then the 23 years since Nicks death represents a lifetime in the transitory world of pop. But the music of Nick Drake has never lost its place in his fans affections, and still its haunting beauty reaches out of fresh generations. This book is for all of them.
Drake's Dad Hasn't Gotten Around to Listening to Views
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Sign in. In , Drake rose to fame playing the role of "Jimmy Brooks", a character on Degrassi: The Next Generation , a basketball star who is confined to a wheelchair after being shot by a classmate. In , Drake launched his music career by releasing his first mix tape, "Room for Improvement". Three years later, his third mix tape, "So Far Gone", garnered him critical and commercial success, and, the following year, he released his official debut album, "Thank Me Later", to generally positive reviews. Aubrey Drake Graham has established himself as a multi-talented young Canadian, and the entertainment industry has great expectations for him. Find showtimes, watch trailers, browse photos, track your Watchlist and rate your favorite movies and TV shows on your phone or tablet!
These days, Drake is almost more myth than man. Here's a complete timeline of Drake's major life events and his peerless rise to global stardom. Drake was raised by biracial parents who divorced when he was 5. My grandmother, who passed away in Memphis, used to babysit Louie Armstrong. My dad is a character so it could be anything. I just really loved the name and I embraced it my whole life," he told Hip Hop Canada.
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No matter how potent the music, you lose the crowd., Aubrey Drake Graham  born October 24, is a Canadian rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, actor, and businessman.
The multi-Grammy-award-winning rapper Drake has had two shots at fame — and nailed them both. He first came to prominence in the teen soap Degrassi: The Next Generation in the role of Jimmy Brooks, a wheelchair-bound character he played for seven years. After leaving the show he became one of the biggest rappers on the planet after signing a deal with Lil Wayne 's label Young Money Entertainment. It's no surprise that Jay Z labeled him as the Kobe Bryant of hip hop. Drake says that his mother, Sandi Graham, also hails from a "very musical" family — his grandmother babysat Aretha Franklin. Drake comes from an eclectic and unique ethnic and religious background.
Drake , born Oct. On Feb. Critics praised the album, which, like his previous releases, shot up quickly to the top of the charts in Canada and the U. His astonished fans had been anticipating the release of a studio album entitled Views from the 6 , which was expected but not released in He first came to public notice as an actor, playing basketball star Jimmy Brooks —08 on the acclaimed Canadian TV teenage drama series Degrassi: The Next Generation. His first full-length studio album, Thank Me Later , was released in and was followed by the highly praised Take Care
As his star rose, he helped others along, sponsoring the Weeknd 's early work, starting the OVO Sound label, and giving features on his records to up-and-coming acts. By the second decade of his career, Drake 's constant chart domination, his Grammy wins and nominations, and his meme-worthy cultural presence made him one of the world's most popular musicians. Known initially for his role as Jimmy Brooks on Degrassi: The Next Generation, the Toronto-born Aubrey Drake Graham stepped out as a rapper and singer with pop appeal in , when he initiated a series of mixtapes. It peaked at number six on the U. It debuted at number one on the U. Billboard chart and was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. Still, the artist felt his debut was rushed, so its follow-up arrived in November with the title Take Care , referencing the increased time and effort put into the album's creation.