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The posthumous biographer’s curse

The last known photograph of Davey Dreamnation

As mentioned in my introductory post, as a long-term fan of Davey Dreamnation and his ouevre, I accepted the task of writing his authorised biography both willingly and eagerly. However, the fact that the troubled star has not been seen for several years—and is, in fact, presumed dead—has made my ostensible task that much harder. How do you write the authorised biography of a person who does not seem to exist?

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Introducing the DNRC Records

Davey Dreamnation performing live

When I was first approached to write the definitive biography of Davey Dreamnation—an invitation I was, obviously, more than happy to accept—I was given to understand that I would have unfettered access to Dreamnation’s personal archives, including his astonishing collection of unreleased songs; his musings in writing on the parlous state of the music industry; and his unparalleled collection of Cats memorabilia.

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