Bloglikes - Books https://www.bloglikes.com/c/books en-US Thu, 15 Apr 2021 15:53:00 +0000 Sat, 06 Apr 2013 00:00:00 +0000 FeedWriter Highlights transfer to KoReader https://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=338809&goto=newpost Is there any way to transfer a book with its highlights from Calibre to KoReader?
Thank you!]]>
Thu, 15 Apr 2021 10:06:23 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Library Management
New Scientist - Online News w. subscription recipe broken https://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=338808&goto=newpost Hi Team and Hi @kovidgoyal ,
I love calibre and the recipe function - used it for Nature.com , and it works perfectly.
(I use CALIBRE 5.14 ).
i just tried with my New Scientist Account, but it just get headlines, with no or few text lines, and extra large sized social media icons instead.
(For the moment, i only manage to fully scrap NS pages to epub by using the firefox add on "DOTEPUB" , but it's a slow process).
Would appreciate if you could give a look.
I may add that i am in forced holidays for the coming days, i am fully available to help for testing or any low level tasks (having low coding skills).
Kind Regards,
Jeannot_RR]]>
Thu, 15 Apr 2021 09:25:39 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Recipes
Regex to remove html tags https://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=338806&goto=newpost I want to search the file and remove all instances of <a id="pageXXX"></a> where XXX is the page number.
I have tried
(^<a id="page)(.*:?)("></a>)
(^<a id=\\"page)(.*:?)(\\"></a>)
(^<a id="page)([0-9]+)("></a>)
(^<a id=\\"page)([0-9]+)(\\"></a>)
What am I missing?]]>
Thu, 15 Apr 2021 07:43:06 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Sigil
Troubleshooting Goodreads error on sideloaded books https://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=338805&goto=newpost My Kindle is connected to both my Amazon and Goodreads accounts, and I am able to go into the Goodreads interface on the Kindle and do this manually without any issue.
This is on a new Kindle Oasis, but I had the same issue on my old PW2. The books are formatted as KFX and side-loaded via Calibre.]]>
Thu, 15 Apr 2021 07:33:12 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Amazon Kindle
Rathbones Folio prize paid £30,000 to scammers posing as the winner https://www.theguardian.com/books/2021/apr/15/rathbones-folio-prize-paid-scammers-posing-as-the-winner-valeria-luiselli ‘Sophisticated cyber-criminals’ took Valeria Luiselli’s winnings, though a similar fraud attempt on the Baillie Gifford prize was foiled

The Rathbones Folio prize has revealed that it paid £30,000 prize money to scammers posing as the author Valeria Luiselli, who won the award in 2020.

Publishing industry magazine the Bookseller revealed on Wednesday that the Folio, which is awarded to the year’s best work of literature regardless of form, was scammed by “sophisticated cyber-criminals”. The scammers posed as the Mexican author Luiselli, who had won with her novel Lost Children Archive, and requested that the £30,000 payment be made through PayPal.

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Thu, 15 Apr 2021 07:10:33 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Rathbones Folio prize Books Culture Awards and prizes Fiction Valeria Luiselli Cybercrime Crime UK news
Hello from (lockdowned) France https://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=338804&goto=newpost Nice time to read books and news on ebooks player, even if kids like mine are playing the trumpet in the house...
I am wikisource contributer, Ubuntu user, fond of History and sciences.
I hope i will be able to contribute, especially to CALIBRE recipes.
Best Regards and fun to all
Julien, alias Jeannot_RR
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Thu, 15 Apr 2021 06:01:18 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Introduce Yourself
Pivotal moments in US history: a timeline of the Saratoga campaign http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/oupblog/~3/zGLtaBNVfmI/ In the summer and fall of 1777, after two years of indecisive fighting on both sides, the American War of Independence was at a stalemate. The British were determined to end the rebellion that year and devised what they believed a war-winning strategy: to send General John Burgoyne south to rout the Americans and take Albany. Less than four months later, however, a combination of the Continental Army and Militia forces, commanded by Major General Horatio Gates and inspired by the heroics of Benedict Arnold, changed the course of the war…

  

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Thu, 15 Apr 2021 05:30:48 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Featured America History American Revolution American War Of Independence Timeline US history
How to prevent pubdate reformating when sending to device? https://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=338803&goto=newpost Say I have an epub titled "BookTitle" with pubdate "1981-01-01".
"Format dates as" is set to "%Y-%m-%d".
The book then will end up on the device as
"(1980-12-31) BookTitle.epub"
Notice that the date has shifted, probably because of some timezone reasons.
The weird part is, when I sent to device yesterday evening it used the date 1981-01-01, while when resending today it used 1980-12-31 which led to unwanted duplicates on the device. I haven't figured out yet, at what time in the day sending to device creates the 1981 filename vs. the 1980 one.
I tried circumventing Calibre reformating the date by using a custom column {#customname} which is defined as "({pubdate}) {title}".
The custom column in Calibre correctly shows "(1980-12-31) BookTitle".
My hope was that Calibre would treat this as a blackbox string it would not mess with while sending to device, since it couldn't even know that the contained date wasn't part of the book's title or something.
No luck though, the filename on export was still changed to "(1980-12-31) BookTitle.epub"
So my question is: Is there any way of stopping Calibre messing with the pubdate in filenames on export?]]>
Thu, 15 Apr 2021 04:33:15 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Calibre
Bulk edit only Month (or Year) published https://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=338802&goto=newpost Is there a way to change only the month, and not the year (and the year and not the month) in bulk edit? Right now, when I edit one, the other also gets changed.
Maybe my problem can be solved another way. I have a large number of digital magazines (legally owned!) where I want to add the year and month of publication. THey are numbered, and the title has the publication date so.
- I thought I could select the 6 in each year, change only the year, for 30 years, and then (I thought that was working)
- Then search on the month value in the title, to get all those published in a particular month, and then bulk edit the Month. Then I noticed it was also changing the year too, to a single value
Thanks,
Grant]]>
Thu, 15 Apr 2021 03:52:38 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Library Management
Absolute positioning of text into image https://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=338801&goto=newpost That renders quite nice: see img02. Text is not copyrighted!
!When i continue with "normal" text, however, it will overlap the <div> text of the absolute positioned part, due to the absolute positioning (see img03).
The code view looks like this:
Code:
<body>
<div class="container">
  <img src="../Images/img01.jpg" alt="img01"/>
  <div class="top-left">rüben im Buchenkretscham durchmaß der Wirt die einsame Gaststube.</div><div class="side-left">Er war wohl in schwerer Erregung. An allen Tischen blieb er stehen und trommelte mit den dicken, kurzen Fingern darauf. Immer lockte es ihn ans Fenster, und er hatte doch nicht den Mut, ganz nahe hinzutreten. Die Augen aber richteten sich immer aufs neue nach dem Buchenhofe. So vertieft war er in seine Gedanken und in das Anschauen des stattlichen Gehöftes, dass er nicht einmal bemerkte, wie sich die Tür öffnete und ein Mann erschien, der ihn sekundenlang beobachtete.</div>
<p>»Eine wunderschöne Besitzung, der Buchenhof, was, Schräger?«</p>
<p>»Ah – ah – ja – ja – natürlich – natürlich; ach, du bist’s, Berger, du hast mich ja –«</p>
<p>»So erschreckt, gelt ja? Hähä! Is kaum zu glauben, dass ’n Gastwirt erschrickt, wenn a Gast kommt.«</p>
<p>»Ich – ich dachte gerade nur –«</p>
<p>»Du dachtest gerade nur darüber nach, was doch der Buchenhof für ’ne riesig hübsche Wirtschaft wär’, und da kam ich dummerweise und störte dich in deiner Andacht.«</p>
<p>»Bist doch halt a gespaßiger Mensch, Berger. Immer weißte ’n Witz. Was kann ich dir denn einschenken?«</p>
<p>»Gar nischt! Ich will dich bloß was fragen, Schräger. – – Weiß er’s schon?« Und er zeigte mit dem Daumen nach dem Buchenhofe.</p>
<p>»Was – was soll er denn wissen?«</p></div>
</body>

The css is this:
Code:
.container {
  position: relative;
  text-align: justify;
  color: black;
}
.top-left {
  position: absolute;
  top: 270px;
  left: 230px;
}
.side-left {
  position: absolute;
  top: 305px;
  left: 90px;
}

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Thu, 15 Apr 2021 02:56:03 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Workshop
Into the Labyrinth review – Dustin Hoffman psycho-thriller goes down a rabbit hole https://www.theguardian.com/film/2021/apr/15/into-the-labyrinth-review-dustin-hoffman-toni-servillo The Hollywood star and Italian veteran Toni Servillo attempt to solve a mysterious abduction – a race hampered by never appearing in the same scene

A face-off between Hollywood legend Dustin Hoffman and Toni Servillo, that veteran of contemporary Italian classics by Paolo Sorrentino? Sounds good. But sadly, the two never appear together in the same scene, and the film they appear in is frustratingly underpowered and derivative.

Into the Labyrinth is a psychological horror-thriller directed by Donato Carrisi and adapted by him from his own bestselling novel L’uomo del labirinto. The setting is Italy, and a distraught young woman (Valentina Bellè) comes round from sedation in a private hospital room where a calm and mysterious doctor called Green (Hoffman) explains that she had been found, dumped unconscious by the side of the road, apparently by the sinister individual who kidnapped her as a teenager 15 years earlier – a sensational unsolved “cold case”. As a forensic profiler working with the police, he will now ask questions to reconstruct her terrifying existence in the prison which her abductor called the “labyrinth”.

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Thu, 15 Apr 2021 02:00:28 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Film Thrillers Dustin Hoffman Italy Film adaptations World news Europe Culture Books
Elephant M6 Chair by Sergey Mahno http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/chairblog/Yzmc/~3/G1QK2kxB2nw/ Elephant M6 Chair by Sergey  Mahno

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Thu, 15 Apr 2021 00:59:34 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Chair Sergey Mahno
Required Reading: ‘Every Room Should Sing,’ by Designer-of-the-Moment Beata Heuman https://www.remodelista.com/posts/required-reading/ Remodelista editor Fan Winston discovered Swedish-born, London-based interior designer Beata Heuman a while back (see: A Rising Star’s Spirited London Home: ‘Every Room Should Sing!’), and we all became obsessed (see Margot’s post A Colorful Small-Space in London). Heuman founded her studio in 2013 after working for renegade, over-the-top London designer Nicky Haslam for nine years (she says he taught her to “not give a jot about what anyone thinks”). Her rise has been swift; she’s designed interiors in Nantucket as well as in London and points beyond. It’s hard to pin down her style; irreverent, wildly colorful and patterned, unexpected.  So when we heard word that she had a new monograph, Every Room Should Sing, from Rizzoli, we took note. Here are a few favorite rooms from her book.

Photography by Simon Brown.

Above: A stairwell with a cheeky salvaged pendant. Above: Above: Above: Above: Above:]]>
Wed, 14 Apr 2021 22:23:58 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Uncategorized
SitOnIt’s eBEAM is the Spine of the Workstation http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/3rings/~3/I0ljeqdl71c/ Tap into the heart and soul of your workstation with SitOnIt’s eBEAM, an adaptable power and data module that easily conforms to many sizes of stationary and movable worktops.

SitOnIt's eBEAM  white solo

eBEAM features adjustable legs, attachable screens, and multiple lengths to support up to ten workers.

SitOnIt's eBEAM at combo workstation with different desk heights

It also clears away the clutter by managing cables with horizontal, vertical and in-feed wire management as well as hidden power receptacles and data ports.

SitOnIt's eBEAM depiction of moving worktops

eBEAM also features a variety of screen heights, screen materials (Clear acrylic, frosted acrylic, markerboard, and fabric), and three beam finishes.

SitOnIt's eBEAM detail with different screen colors and beam finishes

“A straightforward, streamlined solution,” eBEAM exemplifies smart and flexible workplace infrastructure—just what we need right now.

SitOnIt's eBEAM black finish and cork screen

To find out more, see SitOnIt Seating.

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Wed, 14 Apr 2021 21:15:53 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Furniture Workstations Acrylic Screens eBEAM Fabric Screens Integrated Data Privacy Screens Workstation Workstation Power
Export / Save ONLY Book Covers to Disk? https://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=338800&goto=newpost I have googled a lot and searched for plugins, but I can't find a solution... maybe you fine folks are aware of something?]]> Wed, 14 Apr 2021 18:59:12 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Calibre Apple Event April 20 https://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=338799&goto=newpost Spring loaded.
Please join us for a special Apple Event broadcasting from Apple Park. Watch the show online at apple.com.
April 20, 2021
10:00 a.m. PDT
New iPad Pros? New Apple TV?]]>
Wed, 14 Apr 2021 17:51:33 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Apple Devices
MASTERCLASS REPLAY: How to Perfect Your Submission – with Scott Pack http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/publishingtalk/~3/SlscufS64ms/ The video replay, slides and FREE chapter from Scott Pack’s masterclass How to Perfect Your Submission to Agents and Publishers (Wed 10th Feb 2021).

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Wed, 14 Apr 2021 16:06:31 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Replays
Kindle Oasis 3 or Kobo Libra H2O at the same price https://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=338797&goto=newpost I'm looking a new ereader to replace my old Kindle basic 4. And after lot of researching, I was on the verge of buying a used Kobo Libra H2O.
But now I have find a Kindle Oasis 3 (2019), also used, for almost the same price that the Kobo (around 150€).
So my question is pretty straightforward: do you prefer the Kobo Libra H2O or the Kindle Oasis 3 if the price is not an issue?
I have read a lot of forum and blog posts about this topic, but most of them compare the Kobo with the Oasis 2 or they take into account the price difference. That's why I'm creating this topic.
Thanks for your help!]]>
Wed, 14 Apr 2021 15:20:35 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Which one should I buy
MASTERCLASS REPLAY: How to Build a Writing Habit – with Bec Evans http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/publishingtalk/~3/-kaejCYHIpU/ The video replay, slides and PDF download from Bec Evans’s masterclass on How to Build a Writing Habit (Weds 6th Jan 2021).

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Wed, 14 Apr 2021 15:12:06 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Replays
MASTERCLASS REPLAY: How to Become a Kindle Bestseller – with Nicola May http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/publishingtalk/~3/XSZzu8Z7ixo/ The video replay of Nicola May’s masterclass on How to Become a Kindle Bestseller, from Weds 9th Dec 2020. Includes PDF handout and links.

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Wed, 14 Apr 2021 14:50:21 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Replays
Flexbox in ePub3 https://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=338796&goto=newpost - More info about flexbox.
- Flexbox example]]>
Wed, 14 Apr 2021 14:24:02 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs ePub
Latest paperwhite's screen vs. voyage's screen https://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=338795&goto=newpost (I know that even the first gen oasis's screen wasn't quite as good as the voyage's and had a more noticeable gradient because it was horizontal and your eyes scan left to right as you read. The newer oasis is better? At any rate, I don't think the form factor is quite good for me -- I don't have normal hands -- so it's probably out)]]> Wed, 14 Apr 2021 13:40:47 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Amazon Kindle Collected Works Gogol, Nikolai: Sämtliche Werke. V1 [German] 14.4.2021 https://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=338794&goto=newpost Nikolai Gogol handelt es sich um die Edition "Sämtliche Werke", die bei Georg Müller, München & Leipzig, 1909 bis 1914 von Otto Buek in 8 Bänden herausgegeben wurde. Eine digitale Version ist 2017 bei gutenberg.org (USA) durch Jens Sadowski veranstaltet worden, bei dem ich mich herzlich für diese großartige Leistung bedanke. Von dieser Edition leitet sich die vorliegende ePub-Fassung in einem Band ab, die auf jedem eReader lesbar sein sollte.
Spoiler: Nur die Buchmacher werden wohl ermessen können, dass es sich hier selbstverständlich - wie auch im Fall Richard Dehmel - nicht einfach um einen raschen Zusammenschnitt handeln kann; wer schon einmal eines der automatisch erstellten gutenberg.org-ePubs auf einem x-beliebigen eReader zu lesen versucht hat, wird wissen, wie viel hier noch zu einer Anpassung auf die entsprechenden Verhältnisse zu tun ist...
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Wed, 14 Apr 2021 13:28:26 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs ePub Books
Cannot reduce window size on macOS https://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=338793&goto=newpost Wed, 14 Apr 2021 13:14:45 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Sigil Search for blank or empty comments https://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=338792&goto=newpost Hello,
I recently imported a large number of books that have incomplete metadata.
I would like to filter/sort these books and do a few bulk "Download Metadata".
Is there a way to search for empty comments fields?
I tried making a custom column for comments, hoping I could sort and push empty field to teh top or bottom, but that did not work.
Thanks for the awesome tool, and the helpful forum!]]>
Wed, 14 Apr 2021 13:09:14 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Calibre
There's a name for books piling up unread - tsundoku https://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=338791&goto=newpost tsundoku. While obviously originally for paper books, no different for ebooks or audiobooks. So how could you title yourself? A tsunokuist?
https://getpocket.com/explore/item/t...=pocket-newtab]]>
Wed, 14 Apr 2021 12:56:04 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs General Discussions
Mobile ports? https://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=338790&goto=newpost I enjoy using Calibre to organize and browse my ebook collection. In fact, this super app is one of the last remaining desktop applications that I cannot access from a mobile device. When can we expect Android and iOS ports of the basic features to be published?
I'm thinking a minimum viable product for Calibre on mobile would involve:
* Loading and saving library to cloud storage folder (e.g. Dropbox)
* Searching for books in my collection
* Launching book viewer (initially third party apps)
* Converting between formats
I know desktop Calibre includes hundreds of amazing features, but starting with these core capabilities would be a massive improvement to mobile workflows.
As a workaround, I basically have to ditch the entire Calibre system and use random websites to convert, then manually organize files in Dropbox, and view with third party apps. I'd like to see more and more of these mobile capabilities offered in an official Calibre app.]]>
Wed, 14 Apr 2021 12:19:09 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Devices
Cross-platform readers that remember your current page? https://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=338789&goto=newpost I am looking for ereader apps that sync your current page very well across multiple devices. I know of a few ereaders already, but they have some glaring problems:
* Kindle: No sideloading on desktop.
* Adobe Reader DC: No swipe page turning.
* Adobe Reader Touch: Rotten zooming.
* iBooks: Limited to Apple devices.
What is your favorite, hyper cross-platform ereader that works with mobile and desktop environments?
Android, iOS, Windows, macOS, sideloading, PDF, and ePUB/MOBI support are a must. Preferably Ubuntu GUI support as well.]]>
Wed, 14 Apr 2021 11:56:01 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Library Management
Richard Thompson describes how Bob Dylan and the Band inspired Fairport Convention https://www.dailynews.com/2021/04/14/richard-thompson-describes-how-bob-dylan-and-the-band-inspired-fairport-convention/ Singer-songwriter Richard Thompson says he resisted the idea of a memoir for years, but once he decided to write one he found his objections soon drifted away.

“I think I was reluctant until I got started,” Thompson says during a phone call about his just-published “Beeswing: Losing My Way and Finding My Voice: 1967-1975.” “And then I realized that I actually enjoyed the process. It was fun to write, especially, you know, the anecdotal stuff. That was easy.

“So having embarked on it, it was rewarding in some places, harrowing in other places,” he says. “A lot of stuff that’s painful, that I didn’t really think I wanted to deal with, but I did. And at the end of the day, it’s an enjoyable process.”

  • Singer-songwriter Richard Thompson’s new memoir “Beeswing” is the story of his life and career in music from 1967 to 1975, years during which he co-founded the British folk-rock band “Fairport Convention,” formed an acclaimed duo with his wife Linda, and embraced Sufism as his faith. (Photo by David Kaptein)

  • Singer-songwriter Richard Thompson’s memoir, “Beeswing: Losing My Way and Finding My Voice: 1967-1975,” was published on April 6, 2021. (Image courtesy of Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill)

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  • Richard Thompson, whose memoir “Beeswing: Losing My Way and Finding My Voice: 1967-1975,” was published on April 6, 2021, is seen here performing during the 2008 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival at the New Orleans Fairgrounds Racetrack in New Orleans, Friday, May 2, 2008. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

  • Singer-songwriter Richard Thompson fell for the guitar as a boy in London in the ’60s, and later made music his life and career, first with the British folk-rock band Fairport Convention. Here, in a photo from his memoir “Beeswing,” Thompson, right, plays with a boyhood band. (Photo courtesy of Richard Thompson)

  • Richard Thompson, whose memoir “Beeswing: Losing My Way and Finding My Voice: 1967-1975,” was published on April 6, 2021, is seen here performing during the 2008 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival at the New Orleans Fairgrounds Racetrack in New Orleans, Friday, May 2, 2008. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

  • Richard Thompson, whose memoir “Beeswing: Losing My Way and Finding My Voice: 1967-1975,” was published on April 6, 2021, is seen here performing during the 2008 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival at the New Orleans Fairgrounds Racetrack in New Orleans, Friday, May 2, 2008. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

  • Singer-songwriter Richard Thompson fell for the guitar as a boy in London in the ’60s, and later made music his life and career, first with the British folk-rock band Fairport Convention. Here, in a photo from his memoir “Beeswing,” Thompson, center, plays with a boyhood band. (Photo courtesy of Richard Thompson)

  • Singer-songwriter Richard Thompson’s memoir, “Beeswing: Losing My Way and Finding My Voice: 1967-1975,” was published on April 6, 2021. (Photo courtesy of AP Photo/Dave Martin; book jacket courtesy of Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill)

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Though it opens with a chapter on his childhood in London and love affair with the guitar, it quickly shifts into the teenage guitarist’s role as a co-founder of Fairport Convention, a band that launched the British folk-rock scene.

Thompson, 72, writes about his life in Fairport over its first five studio albums and his decision to leave the band for a solo career, and then an acclaimed duo with his wife Linda. The book ends with his discovery of faith and meaning in Sufism, a mystical branch of Islam.

“It is a time period that seems very important,” Thompson says of the era about which his friend, the late Los Angeles journalist Scott Timberg, convinced him to write. “I thought, ‘Well it is a good idea, and in retrospect, of growing importance.’

“It really was an exceptional time.”

Back to the roots

London in the late ’60s was a fantastic place for a young man to be, Thompson says.

“So much was at your fingertips,” he says. “You could hear such amazing music. There was great art around, great cinema, lots of things to do.

“And there were great opportunities for bands to play live. Lots of live work and record companies were signing a lot of people,” Thompson says. “I mean, Fairport, within the first couple of months were signed with a label.

“That was extraordinary.”

Fairport Convention, whose cofounders included Ashley Hutchings and Simon Nicol, started as an American rock ‘n’ roll-influenced band on its 1968 self-titled debut before finding inspiration in British traditional music.

“In one sense, it was a slow evolution,” Thompson says. “Fairport were always a band that loved roots music, and we love lyrics. We loved Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell. So that was always our focus.

“And that was a little different than most of the bands on the London scene,” he says. “A lot of bands were very R&B or blues influenced, or outright psychedelic.

“And we felt we were a little special. We were a bit snobbish in that we thought we were kind of superior to everybody else because our influences were a bit more obscure than everybody else’s influences.”

The watershed moment came, Thompson says, when the rock group the Band released its 1968 debut “Music From Big Pink,” which incorporated elements of traditional music from that group’s North American heritage.

“It was so refreshing after a couple of years of psychedelia, you know, San Francisco bands,” he says. “Here was something that was much more honest, real, and more connected to all the American traditional forms of music.

“For Fairport, it was kind of a wakeup call, because we saw these guys do this so well,” Thompson says, recalling that he and his bandmates asked themselves what they were doing. “We’re still being imitators of American music. Why don’t we use British traditional forms as our main influence, blend that with rock music?

“And then we can create this music that we can excel at and be as good in our way as the Band are in their way.”

Tragedy and tradition

In “Beeswing,” much of the story takes place on the road, in recording studios, or in the houses, or in one case, a shuttered pub, where the band lived and rehearsed together.

At times, there was tragedy: Their van crashed on the way back from a gig in Birmingham, and Fairport drummer Martin Lamble and Thompson’s girlfriend Jeannie Franklyn were killed.

Not long after that, singer-songwriter Sandy Denny joined Fairport, and with “Liege & Lief,” the band’s third album of 1969, they secured their claim as the main instigators of the British folk-rock scene.

“As soon as we started to play traditional songs, when Sandy joined the band, it really opened up a whole new feeling in the music,” Thompson says. “This other kind of emotional connection to the music. It was something that was very resonant for us, to sing a song that’s a couple of hundred years old, or more: 300, 400 years old.

“You feel all the singers who’ve sung that song down through the years, down through the centuries. And it connects you to something very real, something very deep about the place that you come from.”

Finding his way

Turnover in Fairport Convention was frequent. And by early 1971, Thompson, decided to leave, too.

“I suppose I’d been in bands since about the age of 12, and I just had enough,” he says. “I needed a break. I needed to think about music in a different way. And I wanted time to write. I really wanted to go a bit deeper, and see what I could come up with.”

His solo debut, “Henry the Human Fly,” was a quirky record, Thompson says, and didn’t sell. But he met and married Linda Peters, who sang backing vocals on his debut, and the two teamed up to record the acclaimed “I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight” as a duo.

“I’m not sure if I stayed in that band I could have done all of that stuff,” Thompson says. “It was time to move on.”

Thompson also moved into a newfound faith when he and Linda embraced Sufism in the mid-’70s, the culmination of Thompson’s long search for his place in life.

“Probably around the age of 15 or 16, I started to get interested in trying to figure out what my place in the universe was, what the nature of the universe was,” he says. In Sufism, in which he’s still involved, “I met people who I felt a kinship with and had something that I needed to learn.”

The joy he found in music and that of his new faith at times didn’t mesh, leading to a period of confusion about the way forward, Thompson says.

“It took me a while to find the balancing point of that. A few years, really,” he says. “Maybe that’s why the records I made in the late ’70s don’t seem to gel very well.

“Ultimately, I stuck it all together and figured out that basically, music is a joyful thing. And you play as best you can, and it’s never going to be perfect, but you do your best.”

California and beyond

Thompson lived in Los Angeles for 30 years until moving to New Jersey for a more central base from which to tour in North America and Europe.

“I miss California,” he says. “I miss a lot of things about it. But it’s a bit far away.”

It was here where he met Timberg, who in addition to providing the premise and initial shape of the book, intended to come back at the end of Thompson’s writing to work on it more, Thompson says. (Authorship of “Beeswing” is credited as by Richard Thompson with Scott Timberg.)

“Sadly, he passed before that could happen,” he says.

The “Beeswing” book tour is virtual, with a Skylight Books-sponsored appearance at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books on Monday, April 19 and a virtual stop at Book Passage in San Francisco on April 28.

One book written, Thompson says he liked it so much he’s considering another. Not a memoir, maybe something more generally about music.

“Or I could write, you know, some detective fiction or something,” he says.

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The Big Sofa Book

Surprise Surprise: A week after I received the book  More than 999 new and forgotten (arm) chairs, I received The Big Sofa Book from Peter van Zoetendaal. Thank you, Peter!

Another 1,000 or so sofas to feature here.

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