Join Richard Thompson — named by Rolling Stone as one of the twenty greatest guitarists of all time — as he talks with David Fricke about his compelling new memoir Beeswing and plays a couple of songs.
Richard Thompson is a music industry icon, a songwriting legend known for his jaw-dropping guitar playing. He’s a founding member of the era-defining British folk band Fairport Convention which — along with such up-and-coming bands as Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd — played a seminal role in introducing new English sounds into the music of the 70s. His compositions have been recorded by such artists as Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris, and the Neville Brothers, and Time includes his recording of “1952 Vincent Black Lightning” on their All-Time 100 Songs list.
In his first-ever memoir Beeswing, written with Scott Timberg, this revered bard reflects on his musical beginnings amid the cultural turmoil of the 1960s and 70s. Like Patti Smith’s Just Kids, Beeswing — which takes its title from one of Thompson’s formative songs and includes rare photos from his personal collection — pushes beyond the confines of the typical celebrity memoir to explore the perils of youth and the creative process with profound introspection and unvarnished honesty, all against the backdrop of a society in transition.
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