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Richard Thompson Announces ‘Beeswing’

February 21, 2018 | by Hannah Marshall

Tags: beeswing, fairport convention, richard thompson

We are delighted to announce the acquisition of Beeswing: Britain, Folk Rock and the End of the 60s by celebrated guitarist and singer-songwriter Richard Thompson.

‘The finest rock songwriter after Dylan and the best electric guitarist since Hendrix’ – Los Angeles Times

Due for publication Autumn 2019, Beeswing is a memoir of musical discovery, personal revelation, and social history written by Richard Thompson with journalist and Culture Crash author Scott Timberg.

‘It was an extraordinary time, and it was great to be in London at the centre of everything,’ says Thompson of the years in which he played with musicians as different as Jimi Hendrix and Nick Drake. ‘It was a crossroads of so many styles – Indian music and the blues and psychedelia together with multi-track recording. It was like going from postwar black and white to Technicolor.’

Thompson will describe how this intense and fertile time also led to a spiritual crisis both personal and culture-wide. His conversion to Sufi mysticism, the legendary partnership with wife Linda, years of musical experimentation, and some of the saddest and most emotionally resonant songs in pop-music history.

Named by Rolling Stone Magazine as one of the Top 20 Guitarists of All Time, Richard Thompson has received Lifetime Achievement Awards for Songwriting on both sides of the Atlantic. From the Americana Music Association in Nashville to Britain’s BBC Awards as well as the prestigious Ivor Novello. In 2011, Thompson received an OBE. Having co-founded the groundbreaking group Fairport Convention as a teenager in the sixties, he and his bandmates virtually invented British folk rock. By the age of twenty-one Thompson had left Fairport to pursue his own career, followed by a decade long musical partnership with his then-wife Linda, then followed by over thirty years as a highly successful solo artist. Thompson’s songs have been recorded by Robert Plant, Elvis Costello, REM, Bonnie Raitt, Tom Jones, David Byrne, Don Henley and many others.