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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So an election is held where there is record turnout with no widespread voter fraud and then gop leaders lie to voters, undermining trust, some voters believe the lies, then same gop leaders say something has to be done about lack of trust by voters and want to restrict voting.

Our highest national priority through May Day is to pass the PRO Act (Protect the Right to Organize), which would strengthen unions, the power of the working class to organize on the job, and our collective capacity to win a better world. #PassTheProAct

Saying the quiet part out loud.

The more people who vote, the less likely they’ll be to win.

So....stop people from voting.

That’s the logic.
Plain and simple. https://twitter.com/ariberman/status/1366781318990876674

Tue Mar 2nd, 2021

Billy Bragg
Sorry to hear of the death of Chris Barber, one of the giants of the UK jazz scene, but also a founding father of British guitar-based pop and rock. He played a crucial role in the birth of the skiffle movement. In the early 1950s, he was the trombone-playing leader of a trad jazz band that featured Lonnie Donegan on banjo. When they came to record their first LP 'New Orleans Joys' on 13th July 1954, his commitment to African-American roots music meant that he was happy to play double bass on Donegan's recording of 'Rock Island Line'.When this cover of a Lead Belly standard was released as a single in December 1955, it ignited the skiffle craze in the UK. In the following 18 months, sales of guitars in the UK rocketed from 5,000 in 1955 to 250,000 in 1957. Skiffle proved to be the nursery of for the British rock stars of the 1960s. Chris Barber continued to influence the UK scene by inviting US blues artists to tour with his jazz band, bringing the likes of Big Bill Broonzy, Muddy Waters and Sister Rosetta Tharpe to British and European audiences.In 2015, at a concert celebrating the music of Lead Belly, I shared a dressing room with him at the Royal Albert Hall where he regaled me with tales of seeing Broonzy open for Mahalia Jackson in the early 1950s. Knowing of my interest in skiffle, the organisers had invited me to sing 'Rock Island Line' and I was greatly honoured that night to have Chris play double-bass on the song.He was a real gent and his influence on British rock music of the 50s and 60s was immense. He's pictured below playing double bass during a skiffle breakdown session in 1953 with other founding fathers (from left to right) Ken Colyer, Alexis Korner, Lonnie Donegan and, seated, Bill Colyer. ... See MoreSee Less
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Sat Feb 27th, 2021

Billy Bragg
Can't pretend that there have not been moments in the past few months when I've wondered if my October UK & Ireland tour would actually happen. But the past week has given me renewed belief. Not only have the news stories about UK festivals going ahead given us a vision of a nearly normal summer, but sales for the UK and Ireland tour have suddenly picked up, so I'm putting this reminder up for those of you taking a wait-and-see approach to buying a ticket.Some of these dates will sell out soon, so get 'em while you can: www.billybragg.co.uk/giglistingsIt seems a long way off and who knows what might happen in the meantime, but I'm focusing on restarting in October, writing songs for a new album which will hopefully be ready to roll when I take the stage in Gateshead on October 21st. Really looking forward to seeing some of you on the road in the autumn. ... See MoreSee Less
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