The music of Nick Drake will be reinterpreted by Eddie Vedder, Dave Grohl, Jack Johnson and Norah Jones for an upcoming tribute album. The still-untitled record will also feature Heath Ledger's video for Drake's "Black-Eyed Dog," which was filmed in late 2007 in the months before the actor's death. The clip was included in a multimedia installation but never officially released, although some footage surfaced online in February 2008. "I was obsessed with his story and his music and I pursued it for a while and still have hopes to kind of tell his story one day," Ledger once said of Nick Drake, a British singer-songwriter who, like Ledger, died prematurely.
Drake released three albums before overdosing in 1974 at the age of 28. All three LPs — Five Leaves Left, Bryter Layter and Pink Moon — placed on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. The tribute disc will be released via Jack Johnson's Brushfire Records, and will include a DVD highlighting the album's recording process.
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