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Book Review

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

Read "Beeswing: Losing My Way and Finding My Voice 1967-1975" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Beeswing: Losing My Way and Finding My Voice 1967-1975 Richard Thompson with Scott Timberg 304 Pages ISBN-13 : 978-1616208950 Algonquin Books 2021 Legendary British folk and folk-rock guitarist/singer/songwriter Richard Thompson focuses on his early career in this memoir. The story of his musical coming of age, it is devoted primarily to his years with Fairport Convention, early freelance playing, and work with his ex-wife as Richard and Linda Thompson. The first ...


Extended Analysis

Richard Thompson: Electric [Deluxe]

Read "Richard Thompson: Electric [Deluxe]" reviewed by John Kelman

The title may be Electric--and, to be sure, it contains no shortage of the unfettered Celtic quirkiness that's garnered Richard Thompson accolades like “the best electric guitarist since Jimi Hendrix" (Scott Timberg, L.A. Times)--but that doesn't mean there's a paradigm shift going on in the British singer/songwriter's overall modus operandi. Instead, what Thompson does, as he's largely been doing since he first went solo in 1971, is deliver another consistently fine set of original material, playing with a core trio ...


Film Review

Richard Thompson Band: Live at Celtic Connections

Read "Richard Thompson Band: Live at Celtic Connections" reviewed by John Kelman

The Richard Thompson BandLive at Celtic Connections Eagle Vision2012 In a career spanning nearly half a century, it wouldn't be unforgivable to put out the occasional duff; with a repertoire of something like 400 original songs, it wouldn't be amiss to expect a writer's pen to dull a tad with age; and with an early career as significant as Richard Thompson's, it wouldn't be beyond the pale to think that the best ...


Album Review

Richard Thompson: Dream Attic

Read "Dream Attic" reviewed by John Kelman

Few artists have maintained the unerring consistency of Richard Thompson's near-half century career. After leaving Fairport Convention in 1970--cofounded by the British singer/songwriter/guitarist and bringing electrified energy to music born of the British folk tradition--Thompson's own career grew from those innovations to incorporate an even broader range of stylistic references, all filtered through a particularly dark filter. Shoot Out the Lights (Hannibal, 1982) remains one of the most painful breakup records ever released, charting #9 on Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest ...


Film Review

The Richard Thompson Band: Live in Providence

Read "The Richard Thompson Band: Live in Providence" reviewed by John Kelman

The Richard Thompson BandLive in Providence In the USA: SpinART Records In Canada: True North Records 2004 There are few singer/songwriters who have garnered the kind of widespread critical acclaim for such a lengthy career as Richard Thompson. From his earliest days with the British folk/rock band Fairport Convention, it was clear that Thompson was not only a uniquely talented guitarist with a distinctive style that owed as much to the Uillean pipes ...


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