“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

Limited Edition Triple White Vinyl | Black Vinyl | Double CD

Limited Edition Triple White Vinyl | Black Vinyl | Double CD

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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Signed LP Art Print

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Double Disc CD

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Limited Edition Triple White Vinyl

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Signed LP Art Print

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Triple Black Vinyl

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Double Disc CD

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Signed CD Insert

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Enamel Badge

 “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).

POLITICAL TWEET WARNING: Jack Merritt, who lived in a Con held Con/Lib marginal, but who was a natural Labour supporter, was intending to vote tactically next week. We will follow suit. For the sake of our public services, whatever you think of Swinson or Corbyn, vote anti-Tory❤️

.@billybragg at our #UCUStrike rally:
'Freedom requires equality - respect for the other person you're talking to. Without equality, liberty is nothing more than privilege. But without accountability, liberty becomes the most dangerous kind of freedom: impunity'.
#hellobrum #ucu

The Tories despise the NHS not only because it delivers free public healthcare, but because it points a way towards a different kind of society where the market does not dominate our lives. https://tribunemag.co.uk/2019/12/the-nhs-against-the-market

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