Beeswing, Fairport Convention, Memoir, Richard Thompson

Beeswing, Fairport Convention

Richard Thompson Announces First-Ever Memoir, 'Beeswing,' Out 2021

Richard Thompson's first-ever memoir, 'Beeswing,’ is out in 2021

10/29/2020 3:02:00 PM

Richard Thompson 's first-ever memoir, ' Beeswing ,’ is out in 2021

British songwriting and guitar legend writes of encounters with Led Zeppelin, Nick Drake, the Rolling Stones, and others

In the book — most of which focuses on his artistic life and work through the late Seventies — Thompson recalls onstage jam sessions with Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin during his Fairport years and writes of the shocking 1969 van crash that killed Fairport drummer Martin Lamble and Jeannie Franklyn, Thompson’s girlfriend at the time.

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Thompson also remembers watching the Stones record part of “Sympathy for the Devil” and his encounters with Nick Drake and Pink Floyd (Fairport opened for the latter on the night in 1967 when Syd Barrett took too much LSD). He recounts sneaking a peek at Joni Mitchell’s notebooks when she and Fairport shared a bill in 1968 — and refutes those rumors that he was once asked to join the Eagles.

For Fairport Convention fans, the book is a gold mine of information about the writing and recording of their first albums, Thompson’s relationship with original singer Judy Dyble, and the late, great but troubled Sandy Denny, who succeeded Dyble in Fairport. Thompson also chronicles meeting and courting Peters, their marriage, and the creation of enduring Richard and Linda Thompson albums like 1974’s

I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight. Thompson also details his conversion to Sufism — including that shaved-head ceremony — and the strain it put on the Thompsons’ marriage, which ended in the early Eighties.In a snippet provided toRolling Stone, Thompson also writes about his early days growing up in Notting Hill, west of Central London, and how he developed a stutter at age six. “The causes of this are not always clear — my mother thought it started for me after a bout of dysentery, but there was probably a psychological factor,” he writes. “I lived in fear of my father, who could be drunk and Calvinistic — a common Scottish combination — so I never knew when I was going to get whacked.”

Beeswingis dedicated to the late writer Scott Timberg, who helped Thompson develop and write the book and died last December.Thompson has been nothing less than productive since the Eighties, recording and touring regularly. His 2015 albumStillwas produced by Jeff Tweedy, and his most recent record was 2018’s

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