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Billy Bragg's Brave New England

Report and Interview by Mark Sinker, Observer, The, November 1988

2005 comment: Neil Spencer didn’t rate me or want to use me, according to Jon Savage – who told him (Sav told me) not to ...

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Billy Bragg (1987)

Interview by Mat Snow, Rock's Backpages Audio, November 1987

Art vs. commerce; pop and politics; materialism; the Second World War – the Bard of Barking on all of that and more.

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 57mb, total interview length: 1h 02' 14" sound quality: ***

Billy Bragg (1990)

Interview by Larry Jaffee, Rock's Backpages Audio, May 1990

The Bard of Barking talks about being politicised, the Miners' Strike, experiences of racism in the Army, his The Internationale album, and really rather a lot about Margaret Thatcher!

File format: mp3; file size: 30.1mb, interview length: 32' 54" sound quality: ****

ARTICLES IN LIBRARY

Billy Bragg: Captain’s Cabin, London

Live Review by Mary Harron, Guardian, The, 1983

PLACING, a heavy burden on a small but genuine talent, Billy Bragg has been hailed as the next big thing. ...

The ICA Season: Rock Bands Find The Human Touch

Live Review by Simon Frith, Observer, The, 1984

Billy Bragg/Prefab Sprout: The Institute of Contemporary Arts, London ...

Billy Bragg: Big Ben vs Little Billy

Interview by Gavin Martin, NME, January 1984

AFTER NEARLY two years of playing the relentless troubadour all around this curious, fragmented isle, Billy Bragg and his guitar are starting to get noticed. ...

The Redskins, Billy Bragg, Bronski Beat: Institute of Contemporary Art, London

Live Review by Paul Bradshaw, NME, January 1984

...THE POWER... THE GLORY... THE RED HARRINGTON!!! ...

Echo & The Bunnymen, Ian Dury et al: Glastonbury CND Festival, Pilton, Somerset

Live Review by Jack Barron, Sounds, June 1985

"JESUS WEPT," from St Mark's Gospel is, I'm assured, the shortest verse in The Bible. That his Divinity did so over this event when 40,000 people decamped ...

R.E.M., U2, The Ramones etal: Milton Keynes Bowl, Buckinghamshire

Live Review by Garry Bushell, Sounds, June 1985

THE LONGEST DAY ...

Red Wedge

Report and Interview by William Shaw, Smash Hits, February 1986

"It's no good just complaining in your beer about things — you've got to come out and say it..." So says Spandau Ballet's Gary Kemp. ...

Billy Bragg: Talking With The Taxman About Poetry

Review by Lucy O'Brien, NME, September 1986

SUBTITLED 'THE difficult third album', this is Billy growing into a Big Boy. Decorating the sleeve with Mayakovsky's poem, Bragg takes seriously his role as ...

Billy Bragg's record collection

Interview by Len Brown, NME, February 1987

A HARE-BRAINED afternoon in the warmest room and things are not quite what they seem. The bookshelves may be burdened with Mayakovsky and miner's lamps; ...

Is Billy Bragg Pissing In The Wind Or What?

Interview by Len Brown, NME, November 1989

Highway Through Hellas: a Greek tragicomedy in sex acts and three comic benefits. Starring Billy Bragg as Flash Gordon (protest singer, planet saviour and aspiring ...

Billy Bragg: Don't Try This At Home

Review by Mat Snow, Q, October 1991

"WHAT DO they know of England who only England know?" enquires Billy Bragg, Bard of Barking. He is quoting, with a tiny adjustment, Rudyard Kipling, ...

Who The Hell Does Billy Bragg Think He Is?

Interview by Tom Hibbert, Q, October 1991

Here he comes again: "pop's political conscience" in his dilapidated trousers and sensible shoes, worthily correcting the unenlightened and uplifting the downtrodden with his unsubtle ...

Billy Bragg: Malcolm Essex

Report and Interview by David Quantick, NME, March 1992

OH DEAR. I am going to marry Billy Bragg. It's like this; Billy and I are in a tacky sort of '50s retro gift shop ...

Red Wedge

Retrospective and Interview by Johnny Black, Q, March 1996

Only one thing could possibly save us from vicious '80s Conservatism: the assembly of pop pinkos that made up the Labour-supporting Red Wedge organisation. Johnny ...

Billy Bragg: England, Half English (Cooking Vinyl)****

Review by Gavin Martin, Uncut, April 2002

FIRST ORIGINAL album in six years from Bard of Barking, celebrating joys of collaboration and national diversity ...

I Smell the Blood of a Half-Englishman: Billy Bragg

Interview by Geoffrey Himes, Harp, May 2002

What does it mean to be an Englishman? Billy Bragg explains it to Geoffrey Himes. ...

Billy Bragg: Patriot Games

Interview by Terry Staunton, Record Collector, December 2007

As BILLY BRAGG blows out 50 candles on his birthday cake, TERRY STAUNTON sharpens his pencil for a musical history lesson ...

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