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Richard and Linda Thompson's Shoot Out the Lights

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In the fall of 1980 Richard and Linda Thompson (of Fairport Convention fame) had recently been dumped from their record label and were on the verge of divorce. Somehow they overcame these miserable circumstances and managed to make an album considered by many to be a masterpiece.

Shoot Out The Lights puts the album — from the personal history driving the songs, to the recording difficulties they encountered and the subsequent fall-out-in context. This is a brilliant, emotional book about a brilliant, emotional album.

Synopsis:

In the fall of 1980 Richard and Linda Thompson (of Fairport Convention fame) had recently been dumped from their record label and were on the verge of divorce. Somehow they overcame these miserable circumstances and managed to make an album considered by many to be a masterpiece.Shoot Out The Lights puts the album—from the personal history driving the songs, to the recording difficulties they encountered and the subsequent fall-out—in context. This is a brilliant, emotional book about a brilliant, emotional album.

About the Author

Hayden Childs is a researcher and policy expert for the Texas Legislature. He's also an aspiring novelist, an occasional essayist, and a hardcore Richard Thompson fanatic. He contributed to the book Lost in the Grooves and is co-editor of the online music magazine The High Hat.

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JohnnyC, October 29, 2008 (view all comments by JohnnyC)
Hayden Childs has written an excellent study of Shoot Out The Lights, complete with song analysis and myth-busting factualness. But I don't understand why the literary device of using a fictional character to tell the story was necessary. Clearly, Childs has the passion and the research to drive the narrative and for me, that's all he needed to write this book.
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Emily Barrett, July 16, 2008 (view all comments by Emily Barrett)
Disclaimer. I was one of the early readers for the author. I assume he chose me for a number of reasons. One of them was that I am not a music geek and I am not a typical 33 & 1/3 reader. The fictional device and Virgil Schlage's story pulled me along, and the Dante allegory added interest and complexity, to an already interesting journey into the lives of Richard and Linda Thompson at the time of the recording and touring for this album. When I discovered this album more than a decade ago I found it to be beautiful and haunting, and that was enough for me. Now that I've read the book I feel as though I have a deeper undestanding of both the lyrics and the emotional place from which Richard Thompson's lyrics and both Thompson's vocalizations sprang.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780826427915
Author:
Childs, Hayden
Publisher:
Continuum
Subject:
History & Criticism - General
Subject:
Genres & Styles - Rock
Subject:
Rock music
Subject:
England
Subject:
Thompson, Richard
Subject:
Rock music -- England -- History and criticism.
Subject:
Music-Rock History
Subject:
History & Criticism *
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
33 1/3
Series Volume:
58
Publication Date:
20080631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
128
Dimensions:
6.74 x 4.76 x 0.34 in

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In the fall of 1980 Richard and Linda Thompson (of Fairport Convention fame) had recently been dumped from their record label and were on the verge of divorce. Somehow they overcame these miserable circumstances and managed to make an album considered by many to be a masterpiece.Shoot Out The Lights puts the album—from the personal history driving the songs, to the recording difficulties they encountered and the subsequent fall-out—in context. This is a brilliant, emotional book about a brilliant, emotional album.
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