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Richard Thompson Memoir

14 Mar 21 - 06:23 PM (#4097653)
Subject: Richard Thompson Memoir
From: GUEST,johnmc

I read in the paper today "Beeswing" is published next month; it covers the years up to the
mid-70's.


14 Mar 21 - 07:14 PM (#4097658)
Subject: RE: Richard Thompson Memoir
From: GUEST,Cederick

Beeswing was of course written about the folk singer Toyah Willcox, who is now famously married to Brian Eno.


14 Mar 21 - 07:54 PM (#4097665)
Subject: RE: Richard Thompson Memoir
From: RTim

What Planet are you on Cederick? Toyah Willcox has been married to Robert Fripp of King Crimson since 1986.....and she DID NOT Write Beeswing.....Richard Thompson did!!

Tim Radford


14 Mar 21 - 07:58 PM (#4097668)
Subject: RE: Richard Thompson Memoir
From: RTim

I misread part of Cederick's post - however...Beeswing was possibly written about Anne Briggs - Not Willcox....!!!

Tim Radford


15 Mar 21 - 03:34 AM (#4097694)
Subject: RE: Richard Thompson Memoir
From: Hagman

Suspect Cederick had tongue firmly in cheek when posting.... :-)

Nice article here re: the forthcoming tome - https://www.theguardian.com/music/2021/mar/14/richard-thompson-beeswing-fairport-folk-rock-interview


15 Mar 21 - 04:04 AM (#4097696)
Subject: RE: Richard Thompson Memoir
From: gillymor

That was a nice article and interview, now I feel like I don't have to read the book but I probably will.


15 Mar 21 - 04:20 AM (#4097697)
Subject: RE: Richard Thompson Memoir
From: Rusty Dobro

Available on pre-order for Kindle.


15 Mar 21 - 04:42 AM (#4097699)
Subject: RE: Richard Thompson Memoir
From: GUEST,johnmc

Asked why he stopped at the 70's, he said he found most books about stars get boring after the early years. I think he is wise in this respect as I find the formative years absorbing but
the stuff about the excesses and pressures of fame extremely tedious. Not to mention the divorces.


15 Mar 21 - 05:30 AM (#4097705)
Subject: RE: Richard Thompson Memoir
From: The Sandman

beeswing uses the tune written by james hill ,the famous hornpipe writer


15 Mar 21 - 07:48 AM (#4097723)
Subject: RE: Richard Thompson Memoir
From: GUEST, henryp

Tom McConville played on Richard Thompson's album Mirror Blue, released in 1994, which contained Beeswing. He says that Richard Thompson gave him the song Beeswing in exchange for the hornpipe Beeswing by James Hill.


15 Mar 21 - 08:40 AM (#4097736)
Subject: RE: Richard Thompson Memoir
From: GUEST,Mark Bluemel

I was quite amused by Cederick's comment. Given Ms Wilcox's recent YouTube performances, I'd suggest that a more mammalian anatomical reference than "Beeswing" would better suit a song dedicated to her.


15 Mar 21 - 08:47 AM (#4097738)
Subject: RE: Richard Thompson Memoir
From: GUEST,Mark Bluemel

Does RT's song really use any of Hill's tune?
The score
here doesn't look much like it to me.


15 Mar 21 - 09:18 AM (#4097747)
Subject: RE: Richard Thompson Memoir
From: gillymor

The Beeswing Hornpipe by James Hill doesn't sound at all like the tune RT used, to me anyway.
The Session


16 Mar 21 - 12:10 PM (#4097932)
Subject: RE: Richard Thompson Memoir
From: GUEST,johnmc

He's a great one for interesting titles; the title of that wonderful song about a vulnerable waif, "King of Bohemia", apparently gets its title from a pub of that name.