Tuesday, 19 June 2018
Drake was born in Burma in 1948 but grew up in Tanworth-in-Arden, Warwickshire, England. His musical career was understated due in no small part to his reticence to play live or be filmed. After releasing three albums between 1969 and 1972 - Five Leaves Left, Bryter Layter and Pink Moon - Drake's mental health had deteriorated to the point where he had to return to the family home where, on 25th November 1974, he took an overdose of antidepressants and died.
Since his death his music has been championed by musicians such as REM, Beck, Swans, Mars Volta & Norah Jones. His three albums have become cornerstones of modern British folk and indie.
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Five Leaves Left
Included below are two documentaries about Drake's life and music. They cover much the same ground and are both very watchable but the first, produced by the BBC, has attained some notoriety amongst Drake fans for the slightly unflattering picture it paints whilst the second, a Dutch production, pays deeper attention to the music so I've included both to give you a choice.