Beeswing: Fairport, Folk Rock and Finding My Voice, 1967–75
Beeswing is the autobiography from world-renowned artist Richard Thompson, co-founder of the legendary folk rock group Fairport Convention.
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The memoir of international music icon Richard Thompson, co-founder of the legendary folk rock group Fairport Convention.
‘I encourage everyone to read this wonderful book.’
‘Thompson could be said to be an English Dylan – only in some ways he’s even better than that.’
Richard Thompson came of age during an extraordinary moment in 1960s Britain — as music began to reflect a great cultural awakening, the guitarist and songwriter co-founded Fairport Convention, ushering in the era of folk rock. An intimate memoir of personal discovery and creative intensity, Beeswing vividly captures the life of an international music icon in a world on the cusp of change
‘Gripping . . . A quiet joy of a memoir.’
‘Thompson writes exceptionally well . . . If you love music in all its myriad forms, you’ll love this book.’
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‘An intimate, revealing tome, Beeswing is the voice of a figure at the heart of the British counter-culture.’
‘Perceptive, lyrical, amiable and seemingly effortless . . . required reading.’
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I encourage everybody to read this wonderful book . . . I listened again to the Fairport records, while reading the book, and its something it makes you want to do.
Honest in its self-appraisal, often very moving and sometimes extremely funny — this quiet joy of a memoir is just what you’d expect from one of the finest British musicians of the last 50 years.
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.
I found this book as inspiring as Thompson's music. I devoured and savoured it. It's one of the better musician biographies that I've read.
Thompson’s unending fascination for the esoteric, combined with an essentially suburban mindset, drives his experience of the period . . . lively . . . Beeswing is a concise, appealingly modest memoir on that brief, idealistic time when British folk collided with rock and audiences did not run screaming in the opposite direction.
Gripping . . . affecting and enlightening . . . [a] quiet joy of a memoir, in which honesty and humour are burnished rather than dulled by a certain restraint.
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