Why Nick Drake is not the patron saint of the miserable

Nick Drake

Nick Drake, the singer-songwriter who died 40 years ago, was not recognised in his lifetime. But his melancholy legend does his music a disservice, argues Alan Connor

"It may surprise you to hear that during the last few weeks, I've been extraordinarily happy with life and I haven't a clue why. It seems that Cambridge can in fact do rather nice things to one if one lets it, and I'm not sure that I did let it before."

So began a letter Nick Drake sent home from university in the late 1960s. It might also surprise anyone who has heard the Nick Drake legend.

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