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Richard Thompson: The Minstrel’s Tale

Mat Snow, Q, December 1988

He is, by all accounts, a brilliant songwriter, a breathtaking guitarist, profoundly unphotogenic, a Moslem, an awkward old sod. Richard Thompson has spent 20 eventful years lapping up critical acclaim while neatly sidestepping commercial success. "I have a sense of mission," he tells Mat Snow.

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