Friday, July 18, 2008

Grim movie / Nick Drake

Went to see the film "It's a Free World" directed by Ken Loach. Very Gritty, Grim, and probably other Grr words. Its about the dark underside of the organisation of immigrant workers in the UK (both legal and illegal). GRIM is the word.

Covering the same theme, but way less grim is 'The Road Home' by Rose Tremain. One of my favourite authors. Well worth reading.

Here's some musical beauty to relieve the grimness. It was only in the last few months I acquired Drake's 1969 album Five Leaves Left. Nick was in his mid 20's in 1974 when he died of an overdose. He had released a trio of albums which did not sell very well, not helped by his shying away from the media or performing live. He had battled loneliness and depression and his lyrics reflect this. It has taken 30 years but there now seems to be growing recognition of the unique music he made. Here are 2 tracks to enjoy.

River Man here

Day Is Done

I think there has been a re-release and compilation issue of all his material in recent years.

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