Richard Thompson, Looking Back

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.