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Nick Drake, who overdosed on antidepressants at age 26, only recorded 3 albums and never saw much commercial or critical success. But his music and especially his haunting, stripped down, final album, 1972's Pink Moon, have proven to have the staying power of great art, growing in popularity as the decades pass. Amanda Petrucsch discusses Drake's short life and work and how Pink Moon has found new life. Ben Rameaka narrates, toeing the line between an upbeat and somber tone, to offset the subject matter of an artist in the throes of depression. Drake was famously averse to performance and interview so Petrusch draws on what there is, the words of those who knew him, those touched by his music, and the songs themselves.
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Did it take suicide to make Nick Drake compelling to a mass market? "I think the failure of his music to be successful in his lifetime was Nick's tragedy and the source of his unhappiness," Joe Boyd tells me, when asked about the irony of Drake's considerable posthumous success. It certainly seems likely that Drake's commercial failures goaded his depression. Which makes what happened to Pink Moon in the new millennium all the more dizzying. Pink Moon is one of the sparest, quietest albums ever to have become a "hit" in any sense of the word. Here, Amanda Petrusich investigates the album's creation, reception, and peculiar history. The result is a bewitching book about art, commerce, and the flourishing of fame. Amanda Petrusich is a writer for Pitchforkmedia.com and a senior contributing editor at Paste magazine. 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 lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
33 1/3 is a new series of short books about critically acclaimed and much-loved albums of the last 40 years. Focusing on one album rather than an artist's entire output, the books dispense with the standard biographical background that fans know already, and cut to the heart of the music on each album. The authors provide fresh, original perspectives - often through their access to and relationships with the key figures involved in the recording of these albums. By turns obsessive, passionate, creative, and informed, the books in this series demonstrate many different ways of writing about music. (A task which can be, as Elvis Costello famously observed, as tricky as dancing about architecture.) What binds this series together, and what brings it to life, is that all of the authors - musicians, scholars, and writers - are deeply in love with the album they have ch...
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1 out of 5 stars
By Old Man Eating a Twix on 24-04-2012

Best bio of Volkswagen out there!

What disappointed you about Nick Drake's Pink Moon (33 1/3 Series)?

If you like tales of marketing and advertising, but cannot stand the clever writing and in depth story lines of Mad Men, then this book is for you! I sat riveted as the author regaled me with the inner workings of how a commercial is made! Just when you think they couldn't find anything else to tell you about Volkswagen commercials specifically...then BAM! They hit you with a one, two punch of some low-level suit relaying fascinating incite on how the right commercial, done in the right way, can define a generation. The in depth detail of how people can sell you ANYTHING with the right song just leaps off the page and assaults you with tedium. I'll never look at marketing the same way again, that's for sure.

I think they talked a little bit about the Pink Moon album by Nick Drake as well. I can't remember for sure.

What could Amanda Petrusich have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

The author could maybe spend only 20 minutes talking about her train journey into New York.

Oh, and maybe talk a little bit about the Pink Moon album by Nick Drake.

How could the performance have been better?

The performance could have been made better by reading something that actually pertains to the topic of the book. (for instance, the Pink Moon album by Nick Drake)

What character would you cut from Nick Drake's Pink Moon (33 1/3 Series)?

The author! Oh, and VW too.

Any additional comments?

If I thought for a second that Audible would give me my money back for this ridiculously horrible audiobook, then I would pursue it. Oh well, you live and learn.

It actually gets laughable toward the end because you keep expecting them to stop talking about commercials, but they don't! It goes on and on and on! I kept putting my earphones down because I couldn't handle the boredom anymore. Then I'd pick them up again to see if the advertising lessons had ended, but nooooooooo. They were still talking about something that has truly nothing to do with the album the author is supposed to be writing about.

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Jim on 04-05-2009

I want to like it

I really wanted to like this audiobook, I love Nick Drakes music, but the author goes all over the place and spends a ton of time talking about, among many other non-Nick Drake related topics, the use of music in commercials! I really wanted to hear more about Pink Moon and Nick Drake. *sigh*

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