Beeswing : losing my way and finding my voice, 1967-1975

by Thompson, Richard, 1949-

Format: Print Book 2021
Availability: Available at 9 Libraries 9 of 9 copies
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CLP - Brookline Non-Fiction Collection ML419.T47 A3 2021
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CLP - Main Library Second Floor - Non-fiction ML419.T47 A3 2021
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CLP - Squirrel Hill Non-Fiction Collection ML419.T47 A3 2021
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Carnegie Free Library of Swissvale Biography B Tho
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Community Library of Castle Shannon Biography 92 THOMPSON Richard
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Monroeville Public Library Non-fiction 782.421 THOMPSON
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Oakmont Carnegie Library Biography B THO
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Upper St. Clair Township Library Performing Arts 782.4216 THO
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Whitehall Public Library Biography Collection BIOG 92 Thompson, Richard
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"Thompson is a master showman . . . [ Beeswing is] everything you'd hope a Richard Thompson autobiography would be . . . It's both major and minor, dirge and ditty, light on its feet but packing a punch."

-- The Wall Street Journal

An intimate look at the early years of one of the world's most significant and influential guitarists and songwriters.

In this moving and immersive memoir, Richard Thompson, international and longtime beloved music legend, recreates the spirit of the 1960s, where he found, and then lost, and then found his way again.

Known for his brilliant songwriting, his extraordinary guitar playing, and his haunting voice, Thompson is considered one of the top twenty guitarists of all time, in the songwriting pantheon alongside Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, and Randy Newman. Now, in his long-awaited memoir, the British folk musician takes us back to the late 1960s, a period of great change and creativity--both for him and for the world at large.

Thompson packed more than a lifetime of experiences into his late teens and twenties. During the pivotal years of 1967 to 1975, just as he was discovering his passion for music, he formed the band Fairport Convention with some schoolmates and helped establish the genre of British folk rock. That led to a heady period of songwriting and massive tours, where Thompson was on the road both in the UK and the US, and where he crossed paths with the likes of Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, and Jimi Hendrix. But those eight years were also marked by change, upheaval, and tragedy. Then, at the height of the band's popularity, Thompson left to form a duo act with his wife Linda. And as he writes revealingly here, his discovery and ultimate embrace of Sufism dramatically reshaped his approach to music--and of course everything else.

An honest, moving, and compelling memoir, Beeswing vividly captures the life of a remarkable artist during a period of creative intensity in a world on the cusp of change.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Thompson has a reputation as a guitarists' guitarist and a top-notch singer-songwriter. While in his teens, he cofounded the British folk-rock band Fairport Convention, incorporating elements of Celtic and other traditional music with electric stylings influenced by Bob Dylan and American blues. Thompson recorded five iconic records while he was with the band and several critically acclaimed records with Linda Thompson and launched a successful solo career that is still going strong today. With Beeswing, Thompson proves himself equally adept as a memoirist, ably capturing the 1960s and '70s music scene; the exciting, exhausting, and harrowing life on the road; and his spiritual awakening when he finds affirmation, fulfillment, and peace in Sufism. 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, including the immensely talented though self-destructive Sandy Denny, Fairport's singer. He foreshadows the horrifying car crash that killed his girlfriend and the band's young drummer, stating "the road owned us, clothed us and fed us . . . [and] from time to time, it exacted a tribute." Thompson's humor and insight also shine. He evocatively recreates a time and place, and. like his shows, his memoir leaves you wanting more."
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "English songwriter and musician Thompson delivers a warts-and-all account of a crucial eight-year period of his life following his cofounding of the folk rock band Fairport Convention in 1967. Thompson breezes through his childhood in West London, where he was first introduced to "music that was not controlled by the grown-ups" by his older sister. By the time he was 18, he was uninterested in anything besides playing the guitar. He harnessed that passion into Fairport Convention, a band he formed with three friends. The band's ups and downs, which included the death of drummer Martin Lamble in a road accident and decisions about replacing members, vividly detail the challenges of maintaining a joint creative enterprise. Along the way, Thompson convincingly argues Fairport Convention left a legacy by electrifying traditional English folk songs, and delineates the artistic impulses behind his decision to quit Fairport Convention to perform with his wife, Linda. Thompson extensively quotes his lyrics and isn't shy about digging into his creative process, but even so, those less familiar with his music will have a bit of a tough time getting into the swing of things. But readers who regard Thompson as a major figure in the arts will consider this a must-read. (Apr.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Thompson, Richard, -- 1949-
Fairport Convention (Musical group)
Guitarists -- Great Britain -- Biography.
Rock musicians -- Great Britain -- Biography.
Folk-rock music -- Great Britain -- History and criticism.
Publisher Chapel Hill :Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill,2021
Edition First edition.
Contributors Timberg, Scott, author.
Language English
Notes Includes index.
Description 296 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
ISBN 9781616208950
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