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).

This is a great piece of journalism. It's what all public figures should be doing with QAnon dead-heads: calmly introducing the facts. Its what politicians should be doing proactively, not just journalists 👇 https://twitter.com/AC360/status/1317266894416715777

UK deaths: 43,429
New Zealand deaths: 25 https://twitter.com/telegraph/status/1317465601015750656

Did not have “Obama stole the ocean” on my bingo card https://twitter.com/atrupar/status/1317254873474322432

Fri Oct 16th, 2020

Billy Bragg

The huge demand for tickets for my 2021 UK & Ireland tour which went on sale this morning has given me a real uplift in these challenging times. However, the enthusiasm was such that it caused a bit of a blockage on the server.

Apologies to those of you who were unable to complete your purchases this morning - my techies assure me it's all sorted out now. Tickets available here: www.billybragg.co.uk/giglisting
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Fri Oct 16th, 2020

Billy Bragg

Pleased to announce tickets for my UK & Irish tour for this time next year are now on sale.
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 the tour announcement for October / November 2021 gives 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.

Tickets are on sale now via: www.billybragg.co.uk/giglistings
Hope to see you next Autumn.

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Photo by: Kevin Wells - www.lifeisbetterstill.co.uk
Art by: Malcom Bray - http://bit.ly/malcombray
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Thu Oct 15th, 2020

Billy Bragg

A reminder that my UK & Irish tour for this time next year, will be going on sale at 10:00am this Friday 16th October via www.billybragg.co.uk/giglistings
Hope to see you next Autumn.

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Photo by: Kevin Wells - www.lifeisbetterstill.co.uk
Art by: Malcom Bray - http://bit.ly/malcombray
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