Nick Drake documentary, tribute album and book on the way

The Emmett Malloy project already has artists such as Jack Johnson and Andrew Bird on board

A Nick Drake tribute project that will feature a documentary, album and book is underway.

Directed by Emmett Malloy - who worked on The White Stripes tour documentary Under Great White Northern Lights - the filmmaker is planning "a nice, multilayered piece".

"Tribute projects, they're a dime a dozen," Malloy told "I'm sure there's been 50 attempts at this, from every angle. It's so complicated to get them started and to let people know it's the real one."

So far the album is set to include Jack Johnson, Andrew Bird and Matt Costa, with more artists yet to be added.

"I know that with that [Drake] name, we'll get some great ones," he explained. "I'm just fighting my way through to get the artists I feel will do it justice. I'm excited to get going on it [because] there's so many great songs."

Nick Drake died in 1974 at the age of 26 after releasing three albums, 1969's 'Five Leaves Left', 1970's 'Bryter Layter' and 1972's 'Pink Moon'.

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