Jun 16, 2021PimaLib_NormS rated this title 3 out of 5 stars
Why isn’t Richard Thompson more famous? Some of you might be saying, “Who’s that?” See, my point is made right there. Richard Thompson is one of the greatest guitarists and most accomplished songwriters to come out of the 60s. He first hit the scene with the innovative English folk rock band, Fairport Convention, then he performed as part of a duo with his wife Linda. In his later years, he has worked as a solo. He has written a partial biography, titled “Beeswing: Losing My Way and Finding My Voice 1967-1975”. Focusing on his late teens to mid-20s is kind of a courageous choice because, wow, who wants to see all the stupid things one does during those years written down in a book? Actually, the young Thompson seemed relatively normal for someone in his chosen profession. He was not into wild, Keith Moon-like antics, or outrageous, demanding, diva-like behavior; he simply wanted to perfect his craft and make his music. So, anyone looking for tales of crazy parties with drugs, alcohol, groupies, and cars in swimming pools, might have to look elsewhere. Okay, well, maybe there are a couple of those stories in the book, but, mostly it is a straightforward, linear look at his life during that time period. So, what’s the answer to the question as to why isn’t he more famous? Perhaps, he has received the exact amount of fame he has desired. Some people seek fame and use their art to get it. Some people seek to create their art, and accept that fame could be a consequence. In “Beeswing”, Richard Thompson reveals himself to be in the second category.