Tuesday, 01 January 2008
Sad but true, one of the best career moves for any would-be musical legend is to die young. Jimi Hendrix, Robert Johnson, Janis Joplin, Tupac Shakur -- not only are they forever frozen in a snapshot when they were young, attractive and near the height of their creative powers, they also never had to reach the point where they’d gotten ugly, desperate and uninspired. More than anything, though, death casts a completely different light over an artist’s body of work, clearing away any lingering doubt of the artist’s greatness and casting in a different light his or her most exceptional personality traits. Take Nick Drake, a distinctively insular and exceptionally evocative songwriter whose music languished in obscurity for over 25 years until one of his songs turned up in a car commercial, and a new generation of listeners wanted to ...