Sunday, 20 January 2019

Nick Drake In London – Locations, Map & Playlist

DC Editor Adam writes…

Last week, out-and-about on one of my wanders, I finally happened upon the spot where singer-songwriter Nick Drake was photographed for his Pink Moon album sleeve back in 1971. I say "finally" – I'd been keeping an eye out for the location for years and hadn't been able to identify it with any accuracy. Last week, however, taking a slightly different route to my usual when approaching the Vale of Health on Hampstead Heath, I finally spotted the pathway at the northwestern corner of the Hampstead Number 1 Pond. Here's the map…




Here's my pic…



… and here's Keith Morris's original from the Pink Moon sleeve 1971…




It's always good to walk a different way - you see new things. Which brings me to the music of Nick Drake


I have been listening to Nick Drake for more than 30 years now – and I am constantly surprised at how many people are still unfamiliar with his work.


Despite one of his songs featuring on a TV ad, and despite the monthly music mags putting him on their covers, he seems fame-resistant 44 years on from his death at the age of 26.

His records sold poorly during his all-too-brief lifetime, but since his premature death – the coroner's verdict was suicide by overdose – he has become something of a cult figure.





Why Isn't He A Big Star?

Is it the voice? Is it too haunting? Are the songs just too melancholy? Is it the fact that we can't quite pigeonhole him into one genre? He's not quite singer-songwriter material in the James Taylor model, but he is partly that. He's not an out-and-out folkie, but folk is certainly one of the rising signs of his music. He can even be a touch middle-of-the-road. There's blues in there, too.

Is it the fact that no footage exists of him performing? In our YouTube age, do some have trouble ingesting music if they can't "see" it?

For me, this last merely adds to his enigmatic appeal.



The Unbearable Weight of Youth

I listened to Nick Drake yesterday – he came up on shuffle on my fast-fading old iPod.

As I stated, I’ve been listening to his music for nearly 30 years and I thought his work was as familiar to me as the back of my hand.

Yesterday I heard something new.

I first heard Five Leaves Left (his first album) in 1987 in my pal Jamie’s room in halls of residence at college. Jamie had a cassette and the music is indelibly associated for me with that time. College time.

And back then Nick Drake sounded so old to me. So experienced and world weary.

When he cropped up on shuffle on the iPod yesterday it suddenly struck me: the freshness, the clarity in his singing can only be the work of a young man. Little more than a boy.

Thirty years on from that low-lit, smoky college room, he seemed so young, so innocent and exposed. Where I once heard his songs as written with the weight of the world upon them, I suddenly saw them carrying a much heavier burden: the sometimes unbearable weight of youth.



Nick Drake's London

Drake was born in Rangoon and raised in Warwickshire. He was schooled at Marlborough and Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge. He moved to London in the late 60's. Click the map below to find a few locations associated with his life and career in London…








A Short Introduction To The Music of Nick Drake…

A playlist featuring my very favourite of his songs taken from his three studio albums.




Bonus Tracks

Nick Drake's sister Gabriella has written a wonderful account of her brother's life. Here she is interviewed in The Guardian in 2014. 

The Nick Drake page at BBC Music features revealing interviews with his producer Joe Boyd, as well as playlists.
 

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Saturday, 19 January 2019

Karen's Tours in January & February

Karen writes…


Come and join me on a London Walks tour!


Pay on the day or book in advance via Pay-A-Tour (no booking fees).


January & February 2019


Here are my public tours for the famous London Walks company in the coming weeks.


Tours last 2 hours and cost £10 for adults, £8 for students & seniors. 


Click the Book Your Tour buttons to pay & reserve your place. 

Bookings are handled via our online shop Pay A Tour. There are NO booking fees.







Saturday 19th January 2019

(Also 9th February)

Old Westminster

Meet at Westminster tube (exit 4) 11:00a.m


1,000 years of royal history, politics, architecture & scandal (!).

Tour ends near Westminster tube







Saturday 19th January 2019

British Museum Highlights

Meet at Russell Square tube 2.30pm



Tour ends at The British Museum





Monday 20th January 2019

(Also 4th February)

Darkest Victorian London

Meet at Monument (Fish Street Hill exit) 10.45a.m


A vivid exploration of Victorian south London.

Tour ends at London Bridge tube






Monday 20th January 2019

(Also 4th & 11th February)


A Village in Piccadilly

Meet at Piccadilly Circus tube (by Eros) 2.30p.m


Royal history and fancy shops!


Tour ends at Green Park tube






Wednesday 30th January 2109

(Also 13th February)

The Crown



Meet at Green Park tube (Par exit by the fountain) 2.30pm

A walking tour based on the hit Netflix TV show









Thursday 31st January

(Also 7th & 28th February)

Inside Covent Garden

Meet at Covent Garden Tube 10:00am










Thursday 31st January

Old Kensington

Meet at High Street Kensington tube 2.00pm

A walking tour of London's Royal Village








Thursday 31st January

Jack The Ripper

Meet at Tower Hill tube by the tram 7.30pm



Discover history's most notorious unsolved murders in the hands of an award-winning guide











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Friday, 18 January 2019

My London Walks Tours 18th - 25th January 2019

DC Editor Adam writes…


Here are all my scheduled London Walks tours for next 10 days Friday 18th January to Friday 25th January, complete with links for pre-booking…



Tours last 2 hours and cost £10 for adults, £8 for students & seniors. 

Click the Book Your Tour buttons to pay & reserve your place. 

Bookings are handled via our online shop Pay A Tour. There are NO booking fees.








The London Music Tour


Fridays 18th January, 1st & 15th February, 1st, 15th & 29th March

2pm Tottenham Court Road tube (exit 1) 

The history of pop and rock music in London…



£10/£8 Pay on the day or book now…





Old Kensington


Saturday 19th January & Thursday 24th January

Meet at High Street Kensington tube 2:00p.m

A walking tour of London's royal village…




£10/£8 Pay on the day or book now…




London Horror Story

Saturday 19th January

Meet at St Paul's tube 7.30pm



Ghosts, murder and mayhem - 2,000 years of dark history


£10/£8 Pay on the day or book now…







A Village In Piccadilly

Monday 21st January (Also 11th & 25th  February)

Meet at Piccadilly Circus tube (by Eros) 2.30pm

Fancy shops and royal traditions…









£10/£8 Pay on the day or book now…






Somewhere Else London

Tuesday 22nd January 

Meet at 2pm Embankment Station

Lambeth and the South Bank - a two-hour festival of architecture…


£10/£8 Pay on the day or book now…














For my full schedule in January & February 2019 CLICK HERE.

Private tours are also available get in touch to enquire.




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Friday, 11 January 2019

My London Walks Tours 14th – 20th January 2019

DC Editor Adam writes…


Here are all my scheduled London Walks tours for next week Monday 14th January to Sunday 20th January, complete with links for pre-booking…



Tours last 2 hours and cost £10 for adults, £8 for students & seniors. 

Click the Book Your Tour buttons to pay & reserve your place. 

Bookings are handled via our online shop Pay A Tour. There are NO booking fees.








Inside Covent Garden

Thursdays 17th January

Meet at Covent Garden Tube 10.00a.m


The West End revealed - looking beyond the shops and chain caf├ęs to the rich history of London's playground. Where possible, we'll take in a few interiors, too.

Tour ends in Trafalgar Square

£10/£8 Pay on the day or book now…





Old Kensington


Thursday 17th January AND Saturday 19th January

Meet at High Street Kensington tube 2:00p.m

A walking tour of London's royal village…



£10/£8 Pay on the day or book now…





The London Music Tour


Fridays 18th January, 1st & 15th February, 1st, 15th & 29th March

2pm Tottenham Court Road tube (exit 1) 

The history of pop and rock music in London…


£10/£8 Pay on the day or book now…






London Horror Story

Saturday 19th January

Meet at St Paul's tube 7.30pm



Ghosts, murder and mayhem - 2,000 years of dark history


£10/£8 Pay on the day or book now…





For my full schedule in January & February 2019 CLICK HERE.

Private tours are also available get in touch to enquire.






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