Folk legend Richard Thompson penning memoir

As a teenager in the 1960s, Thompson co-founded the band Fairport Convention, which launched the British folk rock movement. — AFP pic
As a teenager in the 1960s, Thompson co-founded the band Fairport Convention, which launched the British folk rock movement. — AFP pic

NEW YORK, Feb 22 — British folk musician Richard Thompson, whom Rolling Stone has named one of the top 20 guitarists of all time, is writing a memoir of “musical discovery, personal revelation, and social history” that will be published next year.

The artist will write the book along with journalist and Culture Crash author Scott Timberg, according to UK publisher Faber & Faber.

As a teenager in the 1960s, Thompson co-founded the band Fairport Convention, which launched the British folk rock movement. After leaving the band, Thompson began a decade-long musical partnership with his then-wife Linda, followed by three decades as a solo artist. His songs have been recorded by Robert Plant, Elvis Costello, REM, Bonnie Raitt, David Byrne and many others.

The memoir will be titled Beeswing: Britain, Folk Rock and the End of the 60s, an era during which Thompson played with artists such as Jimi Hendrix and Nick Drake and about which he says, “It was an extraordinary time, and it was great to be in London at the centre of everything.”

“It was a crossroads of so many styles — Indian music and the blues and psychedelia together with multi-track recording. It was like going from postwar black and white to Technicolor.”

In the book, he will detail this “intense and fertile” time and how it led to a “spiritual crisis,” both for himself and the culture at large. He’ll also discuss his conversion to Sufi mysticism, his partnership with wife Linda, and his years of musical experimentation.

Beeswing is slated for release in August 2019. — AFP-Relaxnews

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