Beeswing

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Richard Thompson came of age at an extraordinary moment in British culture. It was 1967 and popular music was reflecting a wide range of influences. In the midst of this musical awakening, eighteen-year-old guitarist Thompson co-founded legendary folk rock group Fairport Convention and helped them to invent a new genre of music. Going back to his childhood and reflecting on this heady period of personal creative intensity, Thompson details life on the road, his relationship with bandmate Sandy Denny, playing alongside Jimi Hendrix and Nick Drake, a devastating car crash, his partnership with his ex-wife Linda, and his personal spiritual journey from esoteric bookshops to extraordinary meetings with saints in Morocco.

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THE TOP FIVE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER

The memoir of international music icon Richard Thompson, co-founder of the legendary folk rock group Fairport Convention.

‘I encourage everyone to read this wonderful book.’
ELVIS COSTELLO

‘Thompson could be said to be an English Dylan – only in some ways he’s even better than that.’
GUARDIAN

Fresh and exploratory.’ NEW YORK TIMES
‘Gripping . . . affecting and enlightening.’ GUARDIAN
‘Perceptive, lyrical, amiable and seemingly effortless.’ CAUGHT BY THE RIVER
‘Thompson writes exceptionally well.’ NEW YORK JOURNAL OF BOOKS

Guitarist and songwriter Richard Thompson came of age during an extraordinary moment in British culture: it was 1967 and popular music was reflecting a great cultural awakening. In the midst of this, eighteen-year-old Thompson co-founded Fairport Convention and helped invent a new genre of music.

Thompson packed more than a lifetime of experiences into his late teens and twenties. From the pivotal years of 1967 to 1975, he matured into a major musician, survived a devasting car crash and departed Fairport Convention for a duo act with his wife, Linda, at the height of the band’s popularity. His discovery and ultimate embrace of Sufism profoundly reshaped his approach to everything in his life and, of course, the music he wrote thereafter.

In Beeswing, Thompson goes back to his childhood, recreates the spirit of the sixties and takes us inside life on the road in the UK and the US, crossing paths – and occasionally sharing the stage – with the likes of Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Nick Drake, Jimi Hendrix and more.

An intimate memoir of musical discovery, personal history and social revelation, Beeswing – like Patti Smith’s Just Kids or Marianne Faithfull’s Faithfull – vividly captures the life of one of Britain’s most significant artists during a heady period of creative intensity, in a world on the cusp of change.

‘Honest in its self-appraisal, often very moving and sometimes extremely funny – this quiet joy of a memoir is just what you’d expect from one of the finest British musicians of the last 50 years.’
RICHARD WILLIAMS

‘With Beeswing [Thompson] adds master memoirist to his long list of artistic accomplishments . . . fascinating.’
BOB MOULD

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Weight0.504 kg
Dimensions23.4 × 15.3 × 2 cm
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Imprint

Cover

Hardback

Pages

320

Language

English

Edition
Dewey

728.42166092 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K

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