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Richard and Linda Thompson's Shoot Out the Lights

by Hayden Childs

Part of the 33 1/3 Series

Richard and Linda Thompson's Shoot Out the Lights Synopsis

Hayden Childs' Shoot Out The Lights puts Richard and Linda Thompson's album in context.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. 33 1/3 is a series of short books about a wide variety of albums, by artists ranging from James Brown to the Beastie Boys. Launched in September 2003, the series now contains over 50 titles and is acclaimed and loved by fans, musicians and scholars alike.

Richard and Linda Thompson's Shoot Out the Lights Press Reviews

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Book Information

ISBN: 9780826427915
Publication date: 30th November 2018
Author: Hayden Childs
Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd. an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 144 pages
Categories: Rock & Pop music,

About Hayden Childs

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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