RT to Kick Off Guitar Series at Grammy Museum



Richard Thompson
To Kick Off "Great Guitars" Series
At The GRAMMY Museum
Legendary Guitarist Sits Down for an Intimate Conversation and Performance

LOS ANGELES (Feb. 2010) - On March 17, 2010, The GRAMMY Museum will host guitar virtuoso and British folk rock icon Richard Thompson, it was announced today. Thompson will kick off the Museum's new "Great Guitars" series, which will regularly feature innovators, masters and thinkers around the art of guitar playing for discussion and performance.

"We are incredibly fortunate to be able to launch this new series with one of the world's most esteemed and phenomenal guitarists," said Robert Santelli, Executive Director of The GRAMMY Museum. "Richard Thompson is in a class by himself, responsible for original and ground-breaking ideas and themes to the world of rock and roots guitar."

Perhaps nothing in music compares with the versatility offered by the guitar. The instrument has served as the basis for masterworks in classical, jazz, rock, pop, rhythm and blues and everything in between. The list of accomplished players covers the gamut of styles and knows no geographic boundaries. The guitar is just accessible enough so that anyone can pick it up and within a few days feel as though they are making a musical connection with the world. But for those who stick with it, there are infinite varieties of styles, genres and approaches that have made the instrument both ubiquitous and unique. The Museum's "Great Guitars" series will bring together masters of the instrument for conversation and concert.

Before an intimate audience of 200 in the Museum's GRAMMY Sound Stage, Thompson will field questions about his astounding guitar playing, prolific career, numerous honors, and continually expanding catalogue of music. After the interview, Thompson will take questions from the audience and perform a few songs, showing us why Rolling Stone recently called him "a perennial dark-horse contender for the title of greatest living rock guitarist." GRAMMY Foundation and MusiCares Vice President Scott Goldman, a great guitarist himself, will conduct the interview.

"Great Guitars: Richard Thompson" will take place at 8pm in the GRAMMY Sound Stage, on the second floor of The GRAMMY Museum. Doors open at 7:30pm. Tickets can be purchased in-person at the Museum Box Office, through, or by calling 1.800.745.3000. For more information, please call 213.765.6800 or visit

The GRAMMY Museum is located at 800 West Olympic Boulevard, Suite A245, Los Angeles, CA 90015. With an entrance off of Figueroa Street, the Museum resides within the L.A. LIVE campus, at the intersection of Olympic Boulevard and Figueroa Street in downtown Los Angeles.

About The GRAMMY Museum
Paying tribute to music's rich cultural history, this one-of-a-kind, 21st-century Museum explores and celebrates the enduring legacies of all forms of music, the creative process, the art and technology of the recording process, and the history of the premier recognition of excellence in recorded music-the GRAMMY Award. The GRAMMY Museum features 30,000 square feet of interactive and multimedia exhibits located within L.A. LIVE, the downtown Los Angeles sports, entertainment and residential district. Through thought-provoking and dynamic public and educational programs and exhibits, guests will experience music from a never-before-seen insider perspective that only The GRAMMY Museum can deliver.

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