1000 Years Of Popular Music album cover
1000 Years Of Popular Music

Richard Thompson

2003
Beeswing Records

Having been queried (along with many other celebrated songwriters) by Rolling Stone magazine about what he believed to be the best songs of the past 1,000 years, and having concluded that by “1,000 years” the magazine really only meant the 20th century, Richard Thompson decided to actually go back 1,000 years and gather the best songs he could find. The result was a tour during which his concerts worked their way through the whole history of Anglo-European-American song, beginning with the medieval “Sumer Is Icumen In” and ending with Britney Spears’ “Oops! … I Did It Again.” This live album is a document of that project and tour, and it’s a delight.

Rick Anderson

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