Beeswing

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Like Patti Smith’s Just Kids or Marianne Faithfull’s Faithfull, an intimate and revealing look at a period of great cultural tumult, chronicling the early years of one of the world's most significant and influential guitarists and songwriters.

Richard Thompson’s memoir of the years 1967 to 1975, Beeswing covers his early maturation into a major musician and his co-founding of the era-defining folk-rock band Fairport Convention, up to his self-imposed exile from music as he and then-wife Linda disappeared into the East Anglian countryside to devote themselves to their Sufi Muslim faith. A huge range of changes—the death and injury of members of the band, triumphant international tours, the loss of musical colleagues to overdoses, Thompson’s departure from the band at the height of its popularity, the recording of several classic albums, and a major religious conversion—all took place before his twenty-sixth birthday. In this intimate memoir, Thompson takes us inside a wildly full creative life as he found, and then lost, and then found his way again.