“The firebrand of yore still burns with soul and commitment”

Record Collector ****

“… the music does indeed do all the talking and it’s powerful stuff.”

“… bullet-proofed against a world which just gets crazier.”

Mojo ****

“38 blasts of Bragg from four decades of BBC sessions … a perfect Levi Stubbs’ Tears in 2015”

Uncut 7/10

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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

When Billy Met John...

Signed prints and 48mm enamel badge replica of Billy’s iconic Burns Steer guitar available from the official store. Pre order and get an instant download of A New England recorded for John Peel in 1983
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 “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 interesting... this is actually very interesting, with implications for turnout and possibly reliability of predictions. But my favourite bit is 2001, when we were all, like, whoever, dude https://twitter.com/PolStudiesAssoc/status/1197520865572851720

Tory housing policy summed up here

Accusations that Corbyn wants to take Britain back to the 70s are code for neoliberal fears of a return to the collective values of the post-war consensus. This graph shows the potential for building affordable housing if provision is not left to the free market.

Thu Nov 21st, 2019

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Join me in east London this Saturday for a mass canvass of key constituencies. I’ll be in Ilford at 10am supporting Labour candidate Sam Tarry, then at 2pm I’ll be in Chingford helping Labour’s Faiza Shaheen in her campaign to defeat Ian Duncan Smith. I’ll be bringing my guitar and doing Woody’s work. ... See MoreSee Less

Thu Nov 21st, 2019

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No surprise that the radical Labour manifesto has produced more accusations that Jeremy Corbyn wants to take Britain back to the 1970s. Such criticism masks neoliberal fears of a return to the collective values of the post-war consensus.

Take a look at this graph of house building in the UK since 1960. Up until 1980, local councils were building around 100,000 homes a year. This is significant, because Shelter estimate that, in order to address the housing crisis, 90,000 affordable homes for people on low incomes need to be built every year for the next 20 years.

The Labour manifesto pledges to build 100,000 affordable homes every year. That target was routine in the 60s and 70s. Shamefully, it was allowed to dwindle to also most zero by successive Tory and Labour governments in the following decades.

This is just one example of how Labour’s radical manifesto will prioritise the needs of the many over those of the few.

Graph from BBC News Channel 12.15pm today
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