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.
"Beeswing is wry, un-ponderous, anti-obligatory. Because the
sound Thompson created with Fairport was rooted in centuries-old
songs, he isn't captive to '60s cliches; and because British
electric folk is off the classic-rock grid . . . The book's period
accent makes it feel fresh and exploratory."
--The New York Times Book Review
"Mr. Thompson is a master showman. The balancing act of major
and minor, strung together by his witty, self-deprecating banter,
is the crux of Mr. Thompson's shows, and that same equipoise
between dirge and ditty is the hallmark of Beeswing: It's
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: like the very best Richard Thompson show."
--Wesley Stace , The Wall Street Journal "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, musician and songwriter "I admire Richard Thompson so much, and I found Beeswing as inspiring as his music. I devoured and savored it."
--Steve Gunn, musician and songwriter "A beloved musician's memoir is cause for celebration . . . The prose is smart and smartly moving . . . [Beeswing] documents a beloved band's prime existence."
--RJ Smith, Los Angeles Times "An absorbing, witty, often deliciously biting read."
--Los Angeles Times Review of Books "[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 "More than a typical celebrity memoir, Beeswing is thoughtful, well written and at times very funny. With his sophisticated songs and distinctive guitar work, Thompson, 72, has long been the thinking person's musician. Turns out he's also the thinking person's memoirist."
--Laurie Hertzel, Minneapolis Star-Tribune "[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 "With pure alchemy, Richard Thompson created his own iconic guitar style, electrifying and reimagining Celtic music and going on to write some of the most passionate, intelligent and heartbreaking songs I know."
--Bonnie Raitt "Thompson is extraordinarily special: a singer-songwriter of rare bite and insight; an emphatic moderniser of ancient traditions; a guitarist with few equals."
--Mojo "Intimate, honest . . . For Fairport Convention fans, this book offers a teasure trove of information."