A progressive is
someone who wants
to see society
re-organised
so that everyone
has access to
the means by
which to reach
their full potential
Billy Bragg
38 Classic tracks compiled from the BBC archive spanning 1983 to 2019

Fully remastered many previously unreleased

Includes selected highlights from sessions for John Peel, David Jensen, Janice Long, Phill Jupitus, Bob Harris, Tom Robinson & more

“Work in progress. That’s how John Peel thought of his evening sessions, offering artists the opportunity to try out new songs in a studio environment. That’s how I looked at them too. The confirmation of a Peel session date was a signal to get my ideas together, to define material that had hitherto been little more than words scribbled on a page or a tune thrashed out during a sound check.

That’s why some of the tracks here have a different phrasing and arrangement to that which appeared on record. The songs were so new, you can hear I’m still feeling my way into them. Several were conceived and written the night before the session. In one case, I actually composed a song from scratch while the show was on air. That rawness was always a key component of my BBC sessions, the thrill of putting something out there for the very first time.

And here I’ve collected all the best moments across 36 years of my ongoing work in progress.”

Billy Bragg 2019

38 Classic tracks compiled from the BBC archive spanning 1983 to 2019

Fully remastered many previously unreleased

Includes selected highlights from sessions for John Peel, David Jensen, Janice Long, Phill Jupitus, Bob Harris, Tom Robinson & more

“Work in progress. That’s how John Peel thought of his evening sessions, offering artists the opportunity to try out new songs in a studio environment. That’s how I looked at them too. The confirmation of a Peel session date was a signal to get my ideas together, to define material that had hitherto been little more than words scribbled on a page or a tune thrashed out during a sound check.

That’s why some of the tracks here have a different phrasing and arrangement to that which appeared on record. The songs were so new, you can hear I’m still feeling my way into them. Several were conceived and written the night before the session. In one case, I actually composed a song from scratch while the show was on air. That rawness was always a key component of my BBC sessions, the thrill of putting something out there for the very first time.

And here I’ve collected all the best moments across 36 years of my ongoing work in progress.”

Billy Bragg 2019

Limited Edition Triple White Vinyl | Black Vinyl | Double CD

Limited Edition Triple White Vinyl | Black Vinyl | Double CD

In these challenging times, we all need something to hang on to. Like everyone else, my plans for 2020 have been disrupted by the pandemic, but today I’m announcing an extensive UK & Irish tour for this time next year to give me something tangible to work towards. My hope is that, by then, we’ll be able to get together again and enjoy the uplift that live music brings, to audience and performer alike.
Hope to see you next Autumn

 “After more than three decades of travelling around the world in a van, or spending all day flying vast distances to play a gig, I’m looking forward to having some time to explore cities that I usually only get to see between the soundcheck and the show. And this three night stand format is a way of keeping things interesting, both for me and the audience. I tried it out in Auckland recently and had a lot of fun revisiting my back pages.” Billy Bragg 2019

In each town Bragg will perform three unique shows on consecutive nights.The first night’s performance will feature Bragg’s current set, which ranges across his 35 year career. The second will see Bragg perform songs from his first three albums: his punk rock debut Life’s a Riot with Spy Vs Spy (1983), its similarly raw follow-up Brewing Up with Billy Bragg (1984) and Talking with the Taxman about Poetry (1986). The third performance will see Bragg perform songs from his second three albums: the positively jangled Workers Playtime (1988), the pop classic Don’t Try This at Home (1991) and the back-to-basics William Bloke (1996).

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“THIS WEEK, I ‘AVE BEEN MOSTLY OBSERVING SILENCES.”

For Your Weekend Listening Pleasure:

Until 10 minutes ago, I had no idea I could listen to this (over and over): @billybragg's epic show at Deep Ellum Live on Feb, 22, 1992. OPENS with "A New England." Closes with Todd Rundgren + The Specials covers.

https://archive.org/details/bbragg1992-02-22.aud.flac16/32.+Just+One+Victory.flac

147 mass shootings in US already this year: let's make it easier to buy guns

2 cases of voter fraud in 2020: let's make it harder to vote

Fri Apr 9th, 2021

Billy Bragg
This is pretty cool - a map of sorts containing the names of everyone who has played on my records since 1983. Seems a fitting thing to post as I'm heading into the studio next week to record a new album for release later this year.It's available as a poster from the artist: https://dizignrz.com/products/billy-bragg-studio-albums-line-ups ... See MoreSee Less
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Wed Apr 7th, 2021

Billy Bragg
Whilst the story of my original Arbiter guitar has been told, few are aware that I had a spare. Wiggy and I found it in a guitar shop in Hadleigh down the A13. For years it languished in a cupboard at my mum's, until I donated it to the local museum in Dagenham. ... See MoreSee Less
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Mon Mar 29th, 2021

Billy Bragg
A huge thank you to everybody who bought a ticket to win my 1969 Gibson ES-335 guitar. We raised a whopping £25,971 in aid of Stagehand's #ILoveLive campaign, which is providing financial help for UK stage crew who find themselves in hardship due to the current restrictions on live performance.The draw took place last week and the guitar was won by a chap from Bath who turned up this afternoon to collect his prize. After I signed the guitar, I showed him the secret Johnny Marr chords to 'Sexuality' and he went on his way a happy man.Again thanks to everyone who chipped in to support the key workers of the music industry, without whom we would struggle to put on a show. ... See MoreSee Less
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