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Nick Drake's Pink Moon (33 1/3) Paperback – October 15, 2007
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"The latest addition to the evergrowing33 1/3 series (now up to volume 51) is an in-depth look at Nick Drake's finalalbum "Pink Moon". Tackling a 28 minute album of sparse folk by anartist whose life went largely undocumented (there are no known video clips orinterviews with Drake) is a daunting task, but Petrusich handles the job nicelyby telling the story through interviews with the people who knew Drake andworked with him musically, as well as testimonials from current artists whohave felt his influence. She also does a great service to the readers by not paintingDrake as some romantically doomed poetic soul, like so many other writers havedone in the past. In fact, she does an excellent job of dispelling many Drakemyths (ex: he didn't anonymously leave the tapes for Pink Moon at
(Matthew van DeWitt)
“The latest addition to the evergrowing33 1/3 series (now up to volume 51) is an in-depth look at Nick Drake's finalalbum "Pink Moon". Tackling a 28 minute album of sparse folk by anartist whose life went largely undocumented (there are no known video clips orinterviews with Drake) is a daunting task, but Petrusich handles the job nicelyby telling the story through interviews with the people who knew Drake andworked with him musically, as well as testimonials from current artists whohave felt his influence. She also does a great service to the readers by not paintingDrake as some romantically doomed poetic soul, like so many other writers havedone in the past. In fact, she does an excellent job of dispelling many Drakemyths (ex: he didn't anonymously leave the tapes for Pink Moon at
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Amanda Petrusich is a writer for Pitchforkmedia.com and a senior contributing editor at Paste magazine. Her work has appeared in Spin, the Village Voice, the Oxford American, and elsewhere. She is the author of It Still Moves: Lost Songs, Lost Highways, and the Search for the Next American Music, a travelogue about early Americana music forthcoming from Faber and Faber in 2008. She has an MFA in nonfiction writing from Columbia University and lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
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The writer seems more in love with Nick Drake that with the music itself. She goes on and on a expicit detail about how his slender fingers were looking for an album to listen to the night he died, about how he was a hopeless romantic, etc. Instead, through her writing, you grow to hate Nick Drake. You feel like he's nothing more than a mopey guy who couldn't lay off drugs and get his act together.
And as everyone has mentioned so far, the last third of the book is all about the Volkswagon commercial with "Pink Moon" playing over it. I'm sorry, but when do television commercials have some sort of importance in our society? Especially when popular music is used. At least when Led Zepplin or Bob Dylan do commercials, you know they are doing it for money, and not artistic merit.
Overall, awful, awful book.
The first chapter, "I saw it written" briefly recounts, over nine pages, the death of Nick Drake, before going into a bit about the recording, and then also into a bit about how author [...] Amanda Petrusich came to discover the music - and obsess over it, listening to it continuously on a Discman during her commute into New York City to attend classes at Columbia in 2001. "And I Saw It Say" is a short chapter of only four pages about Drake's drug use (both recreational and prescribed), and his depression. "A Pink Moon Is On Its Way" is 14 pages about Drake's childhood, tracing his birth in Rangoon to his countryside upbringing in Far Leys, and then his schooling, as he moved from being a lighthearted kid to a moody musician.Read more ›
If you're looking for insights on Drake himself, they're here---somewhat, mostly clipped from the Humphries & Dann biographies of the singer. Are you looking for explication of the songs on this rightfully celebrated album? They're here, somewhat, as well---if you like to view Drake's music almost exclusively as an audio suicide note. That's not an unjustified viewpoint---just an overly narrow one.
The author is a sympathetic voice. Clearly, Drake's music meant something to her, at least as a college student shuttling back and forth between libraries, train stations and classrooms in the dark days following the 9/11/01 attack. She skillfully depicts the desperation and fear of that time and how she found solace in Drake's songs. And to be honest, there isn't a whole lot that can be said that hasn't already been said about a musician who cut just three albums and died over 30 years ago. Ms. Amanda needed something to pad out her manuscript to justify its publication; she found that in an overly-long examination of the Volkswagon ad that used Drake's music. But it doesn't make for necessary, or even interesting, reading.
If you're a Drake completeist, get this book. If you're interested in the power of advertising, this book might be for you. But if you don't fall into those two aforementioned groups, then you can skip this title.
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Beautifully written, well researched look at Nick Drake's album Pink Moon. Fans of the album, his music, or this series of books will love this. Read morePublished 7 months ago by mad dog
One of the best books in the 33 1/3 series...loved it from cover to cover. Definite recommend, two thumbs up!Published on May 23, 2013 by Drew.
I am sorry I wasted money on this book. I ended up skipping the last third of it, which, as others here have pointed out, is a detailed, celebratory ode to the VW commercial. Read morePublished on July 12, 2012 by Dr. Boo
This was the 3rd book I've read in the 33 1/3 series and was far and away the worst. The author fills about half the book with essays of various artist's impression of pink moon. Read morePublished on February 13, 2011 by adubs
The Nick Drake story has been told already. If you want a straight bio go buy the Patrick Humphries book. Read morePublished on June 26, 2008 by Will O'Brien
As several of the other reviews point out, this book is mostly an essay about VW's marketing campaign. Read morePublished on June 19, 2008 by Cee-Low