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Welcome to the Richard Thompson Discussion List! Topics include all matters Thompson-related (songwriting, guitar techniques, reviews, concert info, etc.) Comments on Fairport Convention and projects that Richard has been and will be involved with are OK, too. Other subjects are welcome, but adding a [no RT] sign to the subject line in those cases is polite to those who are here for RT only.

As Flip says, we are hoping for an "intelligent, teaching, learning, and funny list ... in the honour of the ol' English suburban singer-songwriter-guitarist who we all love so dearly."

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Sorry, but tape-trading/tree discussions are discouraged on this list. Brief requests/offers are not OK. Pushing the issue may get you booted from the list. Needless to say, commercial boots are not to be discussed. As Richard says, "... a bootleg, O the shame."

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Welcome to the list.

Willis Howard