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

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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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

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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).

Bidding closes for these vintage BB t-shirts - Jobs for Youth, Red Wedge and Between the Wars among them - in 24 hours on BBbay https://www.ebay.co.uk/usr/braggcentral

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In autumn 1983 and my 1st term studying illustration at Manchester Poly a combination of youthful arrogance & alcohol made me bang on the door of the Ents Office and tell the Ents Officer Elliot Rashman that I could do a better job of the posters than their existing designer!

What did I tell you. https://twitter.com/ayocaesar/status/1291630962175086592

Wed Aug 5th, 2020

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Realised today that it's been five months since I last had a haircut. My partner Juliet describes my lockdown look as 'velvety'. What do you think?

Watching the astronauts splashing down in the Gulf of Mexico this week reminded me of this space themed talking playlist that I made a few years ago. Enjoy https://open.spotify.com/playlist/0e99tEFNZqrNz6njbUIQ2Y?si=-kh3lsdVS1S4DBYMlU_RgA
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Sun Aug 2nd, 2020

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This week's batch of vintage BB shirts are now up for bidding on BBbay. Among them is a shirt with the image from the cover of Brewing Up on the front along with the words 'Orientation Festival 1987'. It doesn't specify which university it's from, but looking at the bands named on the back, I'd guess it was somewhere in New Zealand, which I first visited in '87. Can any Kiwis help identify where it's from?

There's also a shirt from the Jobs for Youth tour which I did in 1985. It was the first tour that a rock artist had done in conjunction with the Labour Party and its success paved the way for the Red Wedge initiative which followed in 1986. Finally, I have a few more of those shrink-wrapped 12' x 12' shirts up for grabs.

See them all here: https://www.ebay.co.uk/usr/braggcentral
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