First authorised Nick Drake biography to be published this autumn

The book release will mark the 40th anniversary of the folk artist's death

First authorised Nick Drake biography to be published this autumn

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The first authorised Nick Drake biography will be published this autumn.

Nick Drake: Remembered For A While has been compiled and edited by the folk singer's sister, the actress Gabrielle Drake. The book has been six years in the making and will be released on November 6, reports The Guardian. A deluxe edition of the book will come complete with a 10" vinyl record featuring five previously unreleased recordings from a 'lost' 1969 BBC John Peel session, comprising alternative versions of 'Time Of No Reply', 'River Man', 'Three Hours', 'Bryter Layter' and 'Cello Song'. Visit The Guardian to listen to the session version of 'Cello Song'.

The book will feature handwritten lyrics, letters from Drake to his parents and words from his string arranger Robert Kirby and his producer Joe Boyd. Nick Drake died of an overdose on November 25, 1974. For more information on the book, visit: Rememberedforawhile.com

Meanwhile, six previously unheard Nick Drake recordings were recently removed from auction following a row over their ownership. The tapes were described as being in "pristine" condition and were recorded in 1968, before the 1969 release of the iconic folk singer's debut album 'Five Leaves Left'. The recordings were put up for auction by his friend, the singer Beverley Martyn, who was married to the late John Martyn.

However, lawyers representing the late singer's estate and his record company have questioned Martyn's ownership and the sale has been postponed. "I looked after them for 38 years, treasured them," said Martyn, stating that she believes she is the rightful owner of the tapes. "I know the person who made the tape and they are happy for me to have it. The Drake family even offered to buy it off me eight years ago for £2,000."

Earlier this year an unheard Nick Drake song was posted online, almost 40 years after the cult songwriter’s death. 'Restless Jane' is a collaboration with Beverley Martyn. The track was written and recorded in Martyn's home in Hastings in early 1974, making it one of the final songs Drake wrote before dying of an overdose of antidepressants in November that year, aged 26. The track featured on Martyn's album 'The Turtle And The Phoenix', which was released in April.

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