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

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

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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Triple Black Vinyl

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Double Disc CD

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Signed CD Insert

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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

CD_Insert_signed

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).

Toby Young, instigator of Twitter pile-ons and humiliations that left me struggling to cope with the vitriol, currently on R4 pledging to come to the defence of anyone being bullied on Twitter. Truly, we are through the looking glass.

So it seems that woman on BBC Question Time has some fairly serious far right history. If so the fact her voice was given such a wide platform should be a cause for some serious soul searching
https://scramnews.com/bbc-question-time-immigration-racist-far-right/

This is the sort of exercise you get set at journalism college. Do you think the last line should be the intro? Wouldn’t a better headline be ‘MI5 doesn’t trust Home Secretary’?

Mon Feb 24th, 2020

Billy Bragg

Pleased to announce I'll be crossing the pond this Summer, taking my 'One Step Forward, Two Steps Back’ tour to the stage at Milwaukee Shank Hall, Vancouver Rickshaw Theatre, San Francisco The Chapel and Portland Aladdin Theater, plus a one-off performance at Big Sur’s The Henry Miller Memorial Library, with further dates to be announced.

This news comes in addition to dates in Australia, New Zealand, Holland and Germany which are already announced, and on sale now.

USA & Canada tickets on sale this Friday 28th at noon local time.
Events and Tickets ➡️ www.billybragg.co.uk
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Thu Feb 20th, 2020

Billy Bragg

By way of a reminder that my skiffle documentary on 'The Rock Island Line' is on BBC 4 tomorrow night (Friday) at 9.30pm, here's me and Lonnie Donegan's son Peter playing the song in tribute to his father at the Americana Music Association UK awards in London last month with CJ Hillman on lead guitar. ... See MoreSee Less

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