Beeswing: Losing My Way and Finding My Voice 1967-1975

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Product Details

Price
$27.95  $25.71
Publisher
Algonquin Books
Publish Date
April 06, 2021
Pages
304
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9781616208950

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About the Author

Richard Thompson's widely beloved early work within the band Fairport Convention revived British folk traditions, and his duet albums and performances with Linda Thompson are legendary. His songs have been covered by Elvis Costello, David Byrne, Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris, and REM, among others. He continues to write and perform, and to tour widely. He lives in New Jersey.

Reviews

"[Thompson] is never less than razor-sharp, and credit is due for including both the highs and lows . . . [His] spell is never broken, and, as on disc, his is a welcome voice to meet on the page. Readers will be eager for the next volume of the story. Like a great Richard Thompson solo, this title contains surprise, beauty, delight, and a voice like no other. His autobiography is as welcome as it is long overdue."
--Library Journal, starred review

"Thompson has a reputation as a guitarists' guitarist and a top-notch singer-songwriter . . . With Beeswing, Thompson proves himself equally adept as a memoirist . . . Just as he has a knack for lyrics, Thompson has a way with words on the page, offering colorful portraits of his contemporaries and collaborators . . . Thompson's humor and insight also shine. He evocatively recreates a time and place, and, like his shows, his memoir leaves you wanting more."
--Booklist, starred review

"[Thompson] offers plenty of insight into the early days of Fairport Convention and its ever-changing lineup along with charming anecdotes."
--Kirkus Reviews

"Readers who regard Thompson as a major figure in the arts will consider this a must-read."
--Publishers Weekly

"Thompson is extraordinarily special: a singer-songwriter of rare bite and insight; an emphatic moderniser of ancient traditions; a guitarist with few equals."
--Mojo

"Richard Thompson is one of the world's great guitarists and songwriters and, with Beeswing, Richard adds master memoirist to his long list of artistic accomplishments. Beeswing is a fascinating look at his formative years in the vibrant, vital London music scene of the 1960s."
--Bob Mould

"Intimate, honest . . . For Fairport Convention fans, this book offers a teasure trove of information."
--The Wire