Book review – Nick Drake: The Life is the definitive account of tragic music icon

Richard Morton Jack has delved deep into the short and poignant life of one of the most influential singer-songwriters of the 20th century

Nick Drake, photographed in 1967: Richard Morton Jack’s exhaustive 500-page biography is the definitive account of the gifted guitarist. Picture: Julian Lloyd/Bridgeman Images

When Nick Drake died from an overdose of antidepressants on November 25, 1974, aged just 26, the world lost a rare talent. Drake was a prodigiously gifted guitarist and a unique songwriter whose three albums are still finding new generations of admirers almost five decades after his death.

Richard Morton Jack leaves no stone unturned as he delves microscopically into Drake’s past, interviewing those who knew him at every stage of his life, from primary ...