Tanworth In Arden – Nick Drake’s Grave

A couple of weeks ago I saw a Twitter link to a book review. It was for ‘Pink Moon: A story about Nick Drake’, a biography of Nick Drake. First published in 1980 and written by Danish author & poet Gorm Henrik Rasmussen it’s a good read for anyone interested in Nick and his life and music. Whilst reading it I listened again to his albums which contain so many personal and illustrative songs which the author of ‘Pink Moon’ places so well in the short cycle of Nick’s life.

Whilst the information was already hanging around in the back of my mind, I was reminded that Nicks early life and final months were spent in Tanworth in Arden, a small village in Warwickshire between Solihull & Stratford. As I spend some time in the area (in being only 30 minutes from my parents house) I decided to pass through and take a few photographs. I’m not really one for pilgrimages but Nick’s short life and the tragedy of his lack of success during his life have a real resonance.

Since the publication of ‘Pink Moon’ Nicks parents have passed away so that the grave in grounds of St Mary Magellan Parish Church are now a family grave. Whilst there are small signs of tributes from fans there is above all discretion.

Photography needs light but unfortunatly last Friday was a grey and rain soaked day. The down pour abated for the hour or so I spent in Tanworth so I took quite a few pictures. So many in fact that rather than just posting a small selection I have made a short film using a guitar track from one of Nick’s late demo’s for Black Eyed Dog. Whilst they could be better they have an atmosphere that only that day could provide.All the other images here are post processed using a variety of apps, all on iPhone & iPad.


Filed under Comment, Hipstamatic, Music, Photography, Video

4 responses to “Tanworth In Arden – Nick Drake’s Grave

  1. 6dft

    Nice words & pictures! I loved that book, it’s just as much about Rodney and Molly as it is about Nick, painting the whole family as warm and loving which isn’t the usual ‘rock biog’ thing to do.

  2. Wow…. excellent photo’s. I’m ashamed to admit the Nick Drake is someone who up until very recently I had simply overlooked. I heard “Three Hours” on a documentary on TV a few weeks back and I’ve been haunted by it ever since… can’t stop humming it!!

  3. Geoff Newman

    Fascinating. As I grew up with his music I intend to go on a pilgrimage soon to honour the great man

  4. Pingback: Nick Drake – I Was Made to Love Magic | mostly music

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