Nick Drake: The Complete Guide To His Music
by Peter Hogan

Nothing ventured, nothing gained

Nick Drake: The
Complete Guide To
His Music

Nick Drake’s legacy is continually
raped and pillaged by filmmakers,
ad agencies, record
dealers and book publishers. At
the centre of this 40-year folk
snowball sit three wonderful LPs,
as surely everyone knows: the
naïve one, the smokey one, the
introspective one. Everything else
is speculation.

Enter Peter Hogan, with what
you hope to be a selection of
fresh perspectives. The Complete
Guide is so sparse, however, it’s
hard to imagine it anywhere other
than right on the counter in HMV,
an incentive purchase, possibly
for Father’s Day. While there’s no
need to over-analyse records,
one- or two-sentence descriptions
of tracks will satisfy few,
especially when lines such as
“Mason Williams may or may not
have been an influence” are
bandied about.

Hogan has a neat, concise
style, but after the one hour of
study that this book requires,
you’re left with the feeling that
he’d be better off getting some
first-hand interviews for a book
on a topic that would warrant a
higher page count. It all feels a
little unnecessary.

2 stars 2 stars

Omnibus | ISBN 9781847721983, 108 pages

Reviewed by Jake Kennedy
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