Richard Thompson

British musician Richard Thompson

Richard John Thompson OBE is a British songwriter, guitarist and recording and performing musician. Highly regarded for his guitar techniques and strange, darkly-funny lyrics, Thompson was awarded the Orville H. Gibson award for best acoustic guitar player in 1991. Similarly, his songwriting has earned him an Ivor Novello Award and, in 2006, a lifetime achievement award from BBC Radio.
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Ugh, Your Delicious Sea Salt May Have An Unwanted Ingredient
Huffington Post - 9 months
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Is Tyranny Around the Corner?
NYTimes - almost 2 years
A Washington Post piece claimed that a sizable number of Americans are supposedly wary about democracy, and Andrew Sullivan has written that Trump's rise shows that we're ripe for tyranny. Others have spoken of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders as dual demagogues. But are Americans looking for an autocrat to take charge or simply a government that gets things done, works in their interest and truly represents them? Is America tired of democracy, or yearning for more of it? Responses: A History of Unwarranted Fears of Tyranny Jim Sleeper, Yale University The Lure of Populism Weakens the Republic Linda Chavez, former Reagan official Trump's Rise Represents Democracy in Action Geoff Blades, Author, "The Trump Presidential Playbook" Some Are Fed Up With Democracy; Most Want More of It Richard Thompson For...
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Joan Baez Celebrates 75th Birthday With a Batch of Old Friends and Great Songs (Bob's There in Spirit)
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
Joan Baez gets taken for granted sometimes, and her new birthday concert on PBS reminds us why that should not happen. Joan Baez 75th Birthday Celebration, which premieres Friday at 9 p.m. ET on Ch. 13 in New York and airs on most other PBS stations in June, serves as a kind of highlight tour through a career that has stretched into seven decades. No one stays around in music that long without taste and talent, both of which are evident throughout the 17-song evening. While Baez is probably best described as a folksinger, she has always drawn her music from many wells, and on this night that includes Stephen Foster, whose "Hard Times Come Again No More" she performs as a duet with Emmylou Harris (above). She goes to the gospel well for "Oh Freedom" with Mavis Staples and a solo "Swing Low Sweet Chariot," which she prefaces with a story about singing it for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. In keeping with her standard practice, Baez doesn't banter much between song...
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Viking's Choice: Cian Nugent, 'Lost Your Way'
NPR - about 2 years
The Irish guitarist gets into full-blown singer-songwriter mode for his third album. The chooglin' opener "Lost Your Way" channels Richard Thompson jamming with The Velvet Underground.
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Richard Thompson On Mountain Stage
NPR - almost 3 years
Hear a 1999 performance by one of England's best-loved singer-songwriters and guitarists. » E-Mail This
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Snap, crackle, pop: study reveals secret behind knuckle-cracking
Yahoo News - almost 3 years
Researchers said on Wednesday they have settled the issue of what occurs inside knuckles to trigger the familiar popping sound, thanks to magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) experiments that they jokingly dubbed the "pull my finger study." It turns out the cracking is caused by the rapid formation of a gas-filled cavity within a slippery substance called synovial fluid that lubricates the space between the finger bones, they said. "I quite like the sound, but that's my inner nerd talking," said Greg Kawchuk, a professor of rehabilitation medicine at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada, who led the study published in the scientific journal PLOS ONE. The first scientific study on this topic, in 1947, suggested - quite correctly, as it turns out - the sound came from formation of a gas cavity inside the joint. Fryer was so adept that Kawchuk called him "the Wayne Gretzky of knuckle-cracking." "Rapid imaging with MRI was ideal for these studies because it allowed clear visualizatio...
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Golden line-up for 50th Towersey Festival
The Bucks Herald - about 4 years
Folk legends Richard Thompson (a founder member of (Fairport Convention), Seth Lakeman and Lau are confirmed for the half century birthday of the famed independent Towersey Festival.
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Letter to editor: Faith in God's Word
Bolivar Mo News - about 4 years
This Christmas season, columnist Richard Thompson has once again taken opportunity to express his view that the Bible is unreliable (see his column in the Dec. 25 issue of the BH-FP).
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It's A Family Affair On Linda Thompson's 'Won't Be Long Now'
NPR - over 4 years
The singer-songwriter's new album sounds like a collection of songs that could have been sung a hundred years ago, or written and recorded just a few weeks ago. She's joined on the album by her ex-husband, Richard Thompson, and their three children. » E-Mail This     » Add to
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Father Ray Leonard Sues DOD And Wins After Government Shuts Down Catholic Religious Services On Base
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Father Ray Leonard and Fred Naylor, a veteran who attends Catholic services at the Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base in Georgia, sued the Department of Defense for violating their First Amendment right of religious expression and outreach, reports CNN. The government almost immediately reversed the decision a mere day after the suit as "three attorneys from the Department of Justice contacted TMLC attorney Erin Mersino by phone and indicated that Father Leonard could resume all of his religious duties beginning this morning, and that the Chapel would be open for all Catholic activities," reports Thomas More Law Center, which represents Leonard and Naylor. The Navy chain of command confirmed the orders. Filed on Monday, the federal lawsuit challenged the Department of Defense's furlough of civilian priests, which "prohibited a Catholic Priest from celebrating Mass at a Naval base under threat of arrest and barred the Chapel to Catholic religious services due to the government shutdown,...
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Health Briefs: Sept. 18
Blue Ridge Now - over 4 years
ASHEVILLE Support group for those with eating disorders Balance Point Collaborative at 263 Haywood St., Suite 100, in Asheville is hosting “New Voice,” a peer-led support group for those in recovery from eating disorders, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month. Every month, speakers will share their stories of hope and success. Speakers include staff, former clients and community members. There will also be topic-centered and open discussion among participants. The recovery support groups are run by handselected peers who have shown a willingness and desire to continue their path to recovery and have personal experience with eating disorders. For more information, call 828-348-6922 or visit BREVARD Parkinson’s group fundraiser on Sunday The second Brevard-Hendersonville Parkinson’s Support Group’s Team Fox Celebration for the Cure will take place at 1:30 p.m. Sunday in Thomas Hall, behind Whittington Pfohl Auditorium at Brevard ...
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Michael Sigman: The Melodies Linger On (Part II)
Huffington Post - over 4 years
When I asked my pop-music-obsessed friends to pick a favorite melody from the past 50 years I overbooked, assuming that a fair number would have better things to do. But what could be more important for a pop-music obsessive than weighing in on this crucial issue? And so our correspondents continue to name those tunes. (A final installment will be hopelessly devoted to the melodies of John Lennon and Paul McCartney.) Two respondents paid homage to their friends/mentors. Songwriter/producer Chris Braide says "Tempted," a nifty number by Glen Tilbrook, is "incredibly complex and yet totally simple." Tony-winning playwright/lyricist Steven Sater selects the haunting Butch Cassidy instrumental "Come Touch The Sun," from the pen of Burt Bacharach. Master of time, space and satellite radio Andrew Oldham isn't stuck in the '60s, when he managed and produced the Rolling Stones. He picks Dido-Rollo Armstrong-Rick Nowels' 2003 "White Flag." Memorabilia maven/author Jeff Gold...
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PHOTOS: Dylan, Wilco & My Morning Jacket Play Toyota Park
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Toyota Park in Bridgeview played played host Friday to folk-rock royalty. Bob Dylan, My Morning Jacket and Chicago's own Wilco -- as well as Richard Thompson -- played the Chicago area as part of the Americanarama mini-festival. Photographer Joshua Mellin was at the show and reported Wilco and My Morning Jacket's cover of Neil Young's "Cinammon Girl" among the evening's highlights. Though the event was sold out, the concert was somewhat sparsely attended -- perhaps due to Richard Plant's concurrent show at Taste of Chicago in the more centrally-located Grant Park. Mellin shared some shots below.
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Anne Margaret Daniel: Richard Thompson, Troubadour
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Richard Thompson, photo © Ron Sleznak via Richard Thompson Music If you already know, and love the music of, Richard Thompson, then I'm singing to the choir. If you don't, then prepare for proselytizing. Such religious words and phrases aren't too much for Thompson's longtime and fiercely devoted fans, who have followed the singer/songwriter/stringman since his earliest days -- as a teenager -- with the Fairport Convention in the late 1960s. One of the founding members of the London-born group, Thompson played lead guitar for the band on traditional and folk songs past and present, from ancient Highland ballads like Matty Groves to songs by Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan (the latter, most celebratedly, in French in 1969). Thompson began writing songs for the group, including the 1968 song that became their signature, Meet on the Ledge. Thompson left Fairport Convention in early 1971 and would tour, intermittently, over the next decade with Linda Peters, soon Linda ...
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Bob Dylan, Wilco, Richard Thompson bring Americanarama to Indiana
LATimes - over 4 years
Noblesville, Indiana -- During a musical interlude early in his set Friday night, Bob Dylan faced the audience and playfully shook his shoulders, prompting a gleeful eruption from the thousand who had gathered at the Klipsch Center, an outdoor venue carved out of fields about a half hour north of Indianapolis. It was the first and only time the musical legend would interact with the crowd. When Dylan takes the stage these days, he doesn't speak, doesn't gesture and certainly doesn't banter.
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Judge Backs Student Who Said He Couldn't 'Accept Gays'
Education Week - over 4 years
A federal district judge has ruled that a high school teacher violated the free speech rights of a Michigan student by removing him from class for expressing views that he didn't "accept gays" because of his Roman Catholic faith. U.S. District Judge Patrick J. Duggan of Detroit awarded nominal damages of $1 to Daniel Glowacki, who was a junior at Howell High School in the fall of 2010 when the events at issue occurred. In a case that, "highlights a tension that exists between public school anti-bullying policies and the First Amendment's guarantee of free speech," as he put it, the judge further held that the Howell Public School District was not liable in the case because it removed any record of discipline from the student's file and has speech and anti-bullying policies that respect students' First Amendment rights. The June 19 decision in Glowacki v. Howell Public School District is recommended reading for anyone in the education and legal communities grappling w...
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Binky Philips: LATE JUNE, 1970: An Amazing Autograph, Heatwave in London, Granny Takes A Trip, Thunderclap Newman Shows Up and, Yes, 'Gimme Dat Ting'
Huffington Post - over 4 years
The Spring of 1970, I was working part-time after classes my senior year at Music & Art, the same high school my pal, Stan Eisen, had graduated from the year before. From about 2 to 5pm, four days a week, I was a file clerk for the Director of the Placement Department at Columbia Law School (finding jobs for graduates with brand new law degrees), a very Englishman named Howard. He was clearly a muckety muck. A lovely guy, but always carrying an air of harried distraction with him (lots of that Hugh Grant running-his-fingers-through-his-vexed-hair when Hugh was 2). I haven't seen Howard in decades, but, his younger brother, Roger, a thorough rock 'n' roller, and I remain fast friends. I shared a small office with a young woman. I was 17, she was 22. Let's call her Emily. She was a second-year law student defraying a smidge of her tuition with a semi-menial job. She was very sweet, but a stone cold string-of-pearls/fuzzy sweater square. One day, out of nowhere, she ...
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Anne Margaret Daniel: Happy Birthday, Bob Dylan
Huffington Post - almost 5 years
Bob Dylan, 1965. Photograph courtesy and © Daniel Kramer Happy birthday, Bob Dylan. Summer, 1988. A skinny redheaded girl is standing in a folding chair in the front row at the Mann Center in Philadelphia, with her arms around two perfect strangers, a blonde and a brunette. We're all dancing to "Maggie's Farm." When Bob delivers the line "She's sixty-eight, but she says she's twenty-four," he looks at us and grins. From the circles of eyeliner, his eyes, an improbable shade of bright blue, laugh - more at us, maybe, than with us. The first time I heard Bob Dylan live was that night. I'd heard him plenty before then, having grown up with the Folkways Newport Bob thanks to my parents, a mother from an Appalachian family full of fiddle players and a father who knew every old Southern hymn, folk song, blues, and holler - if you can ever properly differentiate among these. Blood On The Tracks was the first Dylan album I came to on my own, and I had never heard anyt...
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Mike Ragogna: Spirit In The Room: A Conversation with Tom Jones, Plus The Adversary's "De La Luna" Video Premiere
Huffington Post - almost 5 years
A Conversation with Tom Jones Mike Ragogna: Tom, welcome. Tom Jones: Thanks, mate! MR: You have a new album, Spirit In The Room, on which you take songs by artists such as Bob Dylan, Paul Simon and you make them your own. How did you choose this batch? TJ: Well, first of all, I wanted to do songs by some of my favorite songwriters. Ethan Johns, the man that's producing me, said, "Tell me what songwriters you really like," and we'd listen to stuff that they'd done, and hopefully find one that we could do. That's what we did. We listened to a lot of Leonard Cohen songs, a lot of Paul McCartney, Odetta, Paul Simon, Blind Willie Johnson, Tom Waits, Richard Thompson, Bill Hall Ward, Vera Hall and Low Anthem. It's basically songs by songwriters that I like. MR: The approach you and your producer took on this was so personal and intimate, and it was recorded in a wooden room. TJ: Yes, it was done in a place called Real World, which is owned by Peter Gabriel. It'...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Richard Thompson
  • 2015
    Age 65
    In September 2015 he appeared on BBC Two's Later... with Jools Holland, where he performed "All Buttoned Up" and ""She Never Could Resist a Winding Road" from his album Still.
    Thompson released Still in June 2015, an album produced by Jeff Tweedy of Wilco and recorded in Tweedy's The Loft Studio.
  • 2014
    Age 64
    In 2014, Thompson released Acoustic Classics, an album featuring acoustic renditions of 14 songs from his back catalogue, on his Beeswing label.
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  • 2013
    Age 63
    Also in 2013, Thompson appeared on his ex-wife Linda's fourth studio album Won't Be Long Now, on the track "Love's for Babies and Fools".
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    In early 2013 Thompson released Electric, recorded in Nashville with Buddy Miller producing.
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  • 2011
    Age 61
    On 5 July 2011, he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Aberdeen.
    Thompson was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2011 New Year Honours for services to music.
    Thompson was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2011 New Year Honours for services to music.
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  • 2010
    Age 60
    Thompson curated the 2010 Meltdown Festival.
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    On 10 June 2010 Thompson was awarded the Mojo Les Paul Award for "Guitar Legend".
    In early 2010 Thompson assembled a band and did a string of shows showcasing new material.
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  • 2007
    Age 57
    In May 2007 Thompson released Sweet Warrior.
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  • 2003
    Age 53
    The move away from big labels and big budgets paradoxically brought a bigger marketing push and healthier sales. Thompson's first two self-funded releases, 2003's The Old Kit Bag and 2005's Front Parlour Ballads, did well in the indie charts on both sides of the Atlantic.
    In 2003 the BBC produced a documentary about Thompson's long musical career, entitled Solitary Life, directed by Paul Bernays and narrated by John Peel.
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  • 2001
    Age 51
    In 2001 Thompson declined the option to renew his contract and parted ways with Capitol.
  • 1999
    Age 49
    Thompson continued recording for Capitol until 1999, when Mock Tudor was recorded and released.
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  • 1994
    Age 44
    Mirror Blue was released in 1994, to often negative reviews sparked by the production decisions that Thompson and Froom took.
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  • 1992
    Age 42
    In 1992 he performed with David Byrne.
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  • 1991
    Age 41
    In 1991 Thompson recorded Rumor and Sigh, his second album for Capitol.
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    Thompson appears on Willie Nile's 1991 Places I Have Never Been album.
  • 1988
    Age 38
    1988 saw the release of Thompson's first album for Capitol, Amnesia.
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  • 1986
    Age 36
    In 1986 he released Daring Adventures, which was recorded in Los Angeles and produced by Mitchell Froom.
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  • 1985
    Age 35
    1985's Across a Crowded Room was his last album to be recorded in England and the last to have Boyd as producer.
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    In 1985 Thompson returned to the big league when he signed with PolyGram and received a sizeable advance.
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  • 1983
    Age 33
    In 1983 and 1984 he toured the USA and Europe with the Richard Thompson Big Band, which included two saxophone players in addition to the more usual rhythm section, second guitar and accordion.
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  • 1981
    Age 31
    With his separation from Linda finalised, Richard Thompson began to commute between twin bases in London and Los Angeles and began to tour regularly in the USA. Encouraged by the success of his solo shows in late 1981 and early 1982, he began to perform solo with increasing frequency and continued to tour with a band.
    During this tour Thompson and Covey grew closer to each other, and in December 1981 Richard and Linda Thompson separated.
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    As an interim measure, Richard Thompson decided to arrange for a low-key tour of the U.S. This tour was set up by Nancy Covey who had been in the UK in 1981 trying to sign Thompson to play at the famous McCabe's guitar shop in Santa Monica.
  • 1980
    Age 30
    Gerry Rafferty had booked the Thompsons as the support act for his 1980 tour, and had also used Richard as a session player on his Night Owl album.
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  • 1977
    Age 27
    Thompson started to re-engage with the world of professional music in 1977.
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  • 1974
    Age 24
    It was not apparent from their records at first, but the Thompsons had embraced an esoteric Sufi strand of Islam in early 1974.
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  • 1973
    Age 23
    The first Richard and Linda Thompson album, I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight, was recorded in May 1973 in short time and on a small budget.
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  • 1972
    Age 22
    In October 1972 the couple were married, and Thompson, with Linda now effectively his front woman, regrouped for his next album and the next phase of his career.
    In April 1972 he released his first solo album Henry the Human Fly, recording with Sandy Denny, Pat Donaldson, Sue Draheim, John Kirkpatrick, Barry Dransfield, Ashley Hutchings, Linda Peters, Andy Roberts, and others.
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  • 1971
    Age 21
    In between leaving Fairport Convention in early 1971 and releasing his debut solo album in 1972 he undertook a large amount of session work, most notably on albums by John Martyn, Al Stewart, Matthews Southern Comfort, Sandy Denny and Nick Drake.
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    In January 1971 Thompson announced that he was leaving Fairport Convention.
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  • 1969
    Age 19
    By early 1969, when Fairport's second album What We Did on Our Holidays was recorded and released, Thompson was starting to emerge as a songwriter of distinction.
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  • 1967
    Age 17
    He made his début as a recording artist as a member of Fairport Convention in September 1967.
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  • 1949
    Born on April 3, 1949.
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