This is the video Eel Pie’s Nick Kennerley produced to complement Nick Drake’s wonderful “Cello Song”, which was first broadcast on Vintage TV.
“It’s one of those songs that evokes great memories. Nick Drake was at Cambridge University when he wrote Five Leaves Left, the album from which “Cello Song” comes. He had lost his schoolboy interest in sport (he had been an accomplished sprinter) and preferred to stay in his college room smoking marijuana, and listening to and playing music – hence the footage of Cambridge in the late 60s. The rest of the footage reflects what was happening around the same time including the legalise pot demos and the 1969 Isle Of Wight pop festival that could so easily have been a showcase for Nick’s talents, had he been less reluctant to perform live. The cello was footage was specially shot for the video. I cropped it to a 4:3 aspect ratio to match the archive footage.”
Sadly after only three albums, at the tender age of 26, Nick died from an overdose of antidepressants. His melancholic style has grown in popularity hugely in recent years, and now he is a much bigger star than he ever was in his lifetime.