Liz Thomson is a London-based journalist who has contributed articles and interviews to newspapers and magazines around the world. A contributor to The New Grove Dictionary of Music & Musicians, she is the co-editor (with David Gutman) of quasi-academic studies of John Lennon, Bob Dylan and David Bowie, and the author of a forty-year celebration of Chickenshed, the uniquely inclusive theatre company. She has lectured at Liverpool University’s Institute of Popular Music, Kingston University, University College London and Oxford Brookes, and has been a Visiting Fellow of the Open University Sixties Research Group. An occasional broadcaster, she has conducted live interviews with authors on platforms at literary festivals from Dartington to Dubai and points in between. Liz is currently a contributing editor to TheArtsDesk.com.
Joan Baez: The Last Leaf, a celebration of the life and sixty-year career of the renowned American singer and social activist, was published by Palazzo Editions in Britain and America in October 2020.
Approaching 80, Baez stepped down from the stage following a worldwide farewell tour and a final, Grammy-nominated album. She is now embarked on a new chapter of life—painting.
It has been nominated for the 2021 Association for Recorded Sound Collections Awards for Excellence in Historical Recorded Sound Research.
The Village Trip, a new annual festival celebrating the history and heritage of New York’s Greenwich Village, was launched in 2018. The four-day event featured music, poetry, drama and photography and includes Bringing It All Back Home to Washington Square, a concert in Washington Square Park honouring the rich musical legacy of the Village which was headlined by Suzanne Vega in 2018 and by Steve Earle in 2019. David Amram, composer, arranger and multi-instrumentalist whose long career is intimately intwined with the Village, is Artist Emeritus of The Village Trip.
The Village Trip 2020 had been scheduled to take place from September 20 through 27 at venues across Greenwich Village. Dates for 2021 will be announced in due course and will be preceded by a small number of virtual events.
Square Roots Productions, a UK-based charity co-founded with Anthony Keates, aims to celebrate and nurture the shared folk music heritage of the British Isles and North America – the real “special relationship”, a rich tradition which offers a different though no less important alternative to written history.