An Interview from the Archive: Richard Thompson

So it’s always been hard to find enthusiasts at record companies. You know, I tend to get kind of sent to labels because they think my name will look good in the roster somewhere. And probably for them it’s a difficult job to sell people like me. I don’t play an immediately accessible style of American popular music. I don’t play white blues; I don’t play white soul music; I don’t play sort of more accessible end of hip hop or rap. It’s not immediate. The listener has to make a small step towards me, and also has to make an effort to find me in the first place, I think.

I’m really slightly on the edge of popular music, which is okay. I mean I quite like being there. You get a better view, that’s for sure.  

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