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6/11/2010 (updated 6/11/2010) Exclusive Interview with Richard Thompson

The guitar legend talks about winning the Mojo Les Paul Award, how he programmed London’s Meltdown Festival and his upcoming album.

"Les was such an innovator – it’s an honor to be associated with the man."

Richard Thompson wins the Gibson-Sponsored Mojo Les Paul Award The cream of the British Music Industry descended on The Brewery in London’s East End on Thursday, June 10 to celebrate the 2010 Mojo Honours List. The annual Mojo awards, overseen by Mojo magazine, is a highlight of the music calendar and it recognizes the great work and achievements of the world’s greatest artists from the early musical pioneers and innovators through to today’s contemporary bands.

Gibson Guitar proudly sponsored the prestigious Mojo Les Paul Award, now in its fifth year. Mojo Editor-in-Chief Phil Alexander introduced Spinal Tap rocker and The Simpsons voiceover star Harry Shearer to present the award to former Fairport Convention guitarist and folk-rock pioneer Richard Thompson. Richard gave an empowering speech expressing his deep respect for Les Paul and his pride in picking up the prestigious Mojo Les Paul Award.

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