Print Reviews
33 1/3 – Pink Moon

33 1/3 – Pink Moon

by Amanda Petrusich

Continuum Books

33 1/3 - Pink Moon

I was handed this book directly by my editor – and loving Nick Drake as much as I have for years, I thought this was going to be one great read for me, so I made plans to read it on the long flight back home to the U.K. So on my iPod, I put Pink Moon on repeat and thought I’d immerse myself totally while I read the book.

I was instantly put into a calm, yet emotional mood by the music, and as Nick sang, I lost myself in the stories from other musicians of how Nick Drake’s Pink Moon has touched and inspired them in the biographical moments of his life and in the events that directly led to his death. The stories that were told weren’t all covered in hearts and flowers, very much like his life – some of them were so ugly they were beautiful. Nick Drake was a broken man who let his feelings come out in song and touched the lives of many. He is one of a select group of songwriters who can move one to tears, joy, and pure pain with a few strokes of his pen by unleashing his inner demons on the world.

The 33 1/3 series is brilliant in its simplicity – tell the story short but sweet and have some blurbs from admirers. This particular book is no exception. There is no “slant,” there is no “secret,” it’s just Nick Drake with no mask and the author executes it wonderfully. It’s a perfect balance of story, admiration, and cold, hard truths. His life in the public eye wasn’t very long and he has found more listeners after his death, but while it lasted, it was like a comet.

Continuum Books: http://www.continuumbooks.com


Recently on Ink 19...

Swans

Swans

Event Reviews

40 years on, Michael Gira and Swans continue to bring a ritualistic experience that needs to be heard in order to be believed. Featured photo by Reese Cann.

Eclipse 2024

Eclipse 2024

Features

The biggest astronomical event of the decade coincides with a long overdue trip to Austin, Texas.

Sun Ra

Sun Ra

Music Reviews

At the Showcase: Live in Chicago 1976/1977 (Jazz Detective). Review by Bob Pomeroy.

Dark Water

Dark Water

Screen Reviews

J-Horror classic Dark Water (2002) makes the skin crawl with an unease that lasts long after the film is over. Phil Bailey reviews the new Arrow Video release.