Richard Thompson, Beeswing, with Elvis Costello, S2G's MLF


Richard Thompson & Elvis Costello 'Words & Music'

A LIVE Conversation Between Two Music Legends


Join legendary UK singer and guitarist Richard Thompson for the launch of his memoir Beeswing: Losing My Voice and Finding My Way 1967-1975 with iconic singer-songwriter Elvis Costello on Tuesday April 6 at 8 p.m. (EST).

A LIVE conversation with music.

Beeswing is a moving and immersive memoir, in which Richard recreates the spirit of the 1960s, where he found, and then lost, and then found his way again. Covering the pivotal years from 1967 to 1975, the formation of band Fairport Convention, the heady success and then departure, and his discovery of Sufism, Beeswing vividly captures the early years of one of the world's most significant and influential guitarists and songwriters. 

“Thompson has a reputation as a guitarists’ guitarist and a top-notch singer-songwriter . . . With Beeswing, Thompson proves himself equally adept as a memoirist . . . Just as he has a knack for lyrics, Thompson has a way with words on the page, offering colorful portraits of his contemporaries and collaborators . . . Thompson’s humor and insight also shine. He evocatively recreates a time and place, and, like his shows, his memoir leaves you wanting more.”Booklist. 

Tickets cost $35 and include a copy of the book (value $28). The first 100 people to register will receive a signed copy of the book. Online event only tickets are available for $20. The event will be held on Crowdcast and a sign-up link will be sent after ticket purchase.

***Our initial 100 signed books have sold out. We are ordering unsigned books and Richard will go into the book store next week and sign as many books as we have. He will also sign book plates we can send out.***

Books can be picked up at Festival partner watchung booksellers in Montclair, or shipped to your home address (additional cost, select option when selecting ticket; shipping only available within the US).


Richard Thompson is considered one of the top guitarists of all time. His widely beloved early work within the band Fairport Convention revived British folk traditions, and his duet albums and performances with Linda Thompson are legendary. His songs have been covered by Elvis Costello, David Byrne, Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris, and REM, among others. He continues to write and perform, and to tour widely. He lives in Montclair, New Jersey.

Elvis Costello is an iconic English singer-songwriter, with a record catalogue of more than thirty albums. He's perhaps best known for his songs "Alison", "Pump It Up", and "Everyday I Write The Book". He has won numerous awards, including two Ivor Novello Awards for songwriting, a BAFTA, and two Grammys, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with his band, The Attractions in 2003, and into the Songwriter's Hall of Fame in 2016. In 2019 he was awarded an Order of the British Empire for his services to music; and was announced as a recipient of a Hollywood Walk of Fame star in 2020. 

This event is part of Succeed2gether’s Montclair Literary FestivalWe’re pleased to be working with event partner Outpost in the Burbs.

Any proceeds from the festival benefit parent organization, Montclair-based non-profit Succeed2gether, which offers after-school one-on-one tutoring and enrichment classes with the aim of closing the education and opportunity gaps in Essex County, NJ. You can read more about Succeed2gether and the festival at


Event date: 
Tuesday, April 6, 2021 - 8:00pm to 9:00pm
Event address: 
Beeswing: Losing My Way and Finding My Voice 1967-1975 Cover Image
ISBN: 9781616208950
Availability: On Our Shelves Now (Subject to Availability)
Published: Algonquin Books - April 6th, 2021