Thursday, April 15, 7PM ET
Richard Thompson with David Fricke
Live via Zoom. Tickets from $10 through 92nd Street Y
Join Richard Thompson — named by Rolling Stone as one of the twenty greatest guitarists of all time — as he talks with David Fricke about his compelling new memoir Beeswing and plays a couple of songs.
Richard Thompson is a music industry icon, a songwriting legend known for his jaw-dropping guitar playing. He’s a founding member of the era-defining British folk band Fairport Convention which — along with such up-and-coming bands as Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd — played a seminal role in introducing new English sounds into the music of the 70s. His compositions have been recorded by such artists as Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris, and the Neville Brothers, and Time includes his recording of “1952 Vincent Black Lightning” on their All-Time 100 Songs list.
In his first-ever memoir Beeswing, written with Scott Timberg, this revered bard reflects on his musical beginnings amid the cultural turmoil of the 1960s and 70s. Like Patti Smith’s Just Kids, Beeswing — which takes its title from one of Thompson’s formative songs and includes rare photos from his personal collection — pushes beyond the confines of the typical celebrity memoir to explore the perils of youth and the creative process with profound introspection and unvarnished honesty, all against the backdrop of a society in transition.
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An intimate look at the early years of one of the world’s most significant and influential guitarists and songwriters.
“[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