With his honest songs about politics and love, always dispensed with hard-biting wit, Thompson has been a consistently vital artist for decades. Watch the singer, songwriter and guitarist perform music from his 20th solo album, Dream Attic, at the NPR Music offices.
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Richard Thompson’s new box set Walking on a Wire contains four discs designed — and compiled by the folk-rock legend himself — to provide a comprehensive look at his 40-year career. Today, Fresh Air takes a similar approach: We’ll explore Thompson’s life and work in excerpts from interviews and in-studio performances we’ve recorded with him over the years.
These excerpts were originally broadcast in June 1991, February 1994, August 1999 and September 2002.