Beeswing

Ivor Novello Award-winning and Grammy Award-nominated legend Richard Thompson will discuss his new book, Beeswing, with James Yorkston as part of Aye Write 2021!

Beeswing

About Beeswing

Guitarist and songwriter Richard Thompson came of age during an extraordinary moment in British culture: it was 1967 and popular music was reflecting a great cultural awakening. In the midst of this, eighteen-year-old Thompson co-founded Fairport Convention and helped invent a new genre of music. Thompson packed more than a lifetime of experiences into his late teens and twenties. From the pivotal years of 1967 to 1975, he matured into a major musician, survived a devasting car crash and departed Fairport Convention for a duo act with his wife, Linda, at the height of the band's popularity. His discovery and ultimate embrace of Sufism profoundly reshaped his approach to everything in his life and, of course, the music he wrote thereafter. In his autobiography Beeswing, he takes us back to his childhood, recreates the spirit of the sixties and details life on the road in the UK and the US, crossing paths - and occasionally sharing the stage - with the likes of Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Nick Drake, Jimi Hendrix and more.

*This performance is live/pre-recorded and will be available to watch for three weeks after the broadcast date to accommodate different time zones.

This performance is included in the Aye Write 2021 festival pass, so you will not need to purchase this event if you have already purchased a pass.

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