Billy Bragg
03/24/2017 at 15:01. Facebook
Respect to my American colleagues. This is what solidarity looks like.

Musicians Are Rallying to Save Obamacare
Billy Bragg
03/24/2017 at 11:17. Facebook
Why is it that those who proclaim their patriotism the loudest seem to revel in denigrating our country?

Don’t heed the hysterical voices of ‘patriotism’. Britain isn’t broken | John Harris
Billy Bragg
03/23/2017 at 12:59. Facebook
Apparently the Republican administration are so desperate to get their Trumpcare bill passed today that they are offering concessions to the hard line 'Freedom Caucus' which would remove many healthcare provisions that average Americans rely on.
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Key to the deal are changes to the law that would eliminate the Affordable Care Act’s “essential health benefits,” a list of 10...
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Defeat #TrumpCare
Billy Bragg
03/23/2017 at 12:34. Facebook
No sooner has Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, told CNN that "terrorists hate the fact that we have diverse communities in our cities living together, getting on with each other" than up pops Katie Hopkins on Fox News to complain about multiculturalism. Clearly it's not only the terrorists who hate the fact that we all get along.

London Mayor responds to Donald Trump Jr. tweet - CNN Video
Billy Bragg
03/22/2017 at 10:42. Facebook
Announcing a change in venue for my gig in Adelaide next month
I'll be talking about my new book 'Roots, Radicals and Rockers', explaining how skiffle influenced the Summer of Love and illustrating my points by playing some vinyl records at the Royal Albert Hall in London on June 6th

Royal Albert Hall and CAS London present Billy Bragg on Skiffle and Protest Music | Classic Album Sundays
Joyous crowds gather in wind and rain to sing Vera Lynn songs on the White Cliffs of Dover to celebrate the announcement that Article 50 is to be triggered at last!

Dame Vera Lynn's face projected on white cliffs of Dover to mark 100th birthday
Whenever I'm asked to put together a top ten of political songs, this number is always first on the list. A black man with an electric guitar loudly proclaiming to white America that the music that will dominate youth culture in the coming decades will be African-American. Who was making such revolutionary pop music in 1956? RIP Chuck.

Chuck Berry - Roll Over Beethoven

Chuck Berry - Roll Over Beethoven

Always good to see a bully get their comeuppance. This verdict is also a reminder that posting on Twitter - and, by association, Facebook and other social media platforms - is not conversation or 'bantz', but a form of publication for which you can be held to account. Freedom of speech gives you the right to express your opinion and your right must be respected. But if you can't do that...
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Katie Hopkins’ legal bills to top £300,000 after losing High Court battle to Jack Monroe
International Women's Day is what solidarity looks like.
Posting Eliza's video yesterday reminded me of something else I heard at Folk Alliance - Molsky's Mountain Drifters were performing their brilliant bluegrass take on 'Between the Wars'

Between the Wars

It’s hard to speak about war and peace in a way that’s timeless like Billy Bragg can. Maybe he wrote Between The Wars in anger over Margaret Thatcher’s actio...

I've had this tune going round in my head since I heard it at the Folk Alliance conference in Kansas City last month. Eliza Gilkyson and I took part in a panel about political music which opened with this powerful and moving video of her song.

The Great Correction - Eliza Gilkyson

Eliza Gilkyson’s latest video, set to her song “the Great Correction,” features a collection of powerful photos depicting the brave souls who, throughout thi...

Watching Top of the Pops from April 1983 last night reminded me of what I was up against when I first strapped on my electric guitar and started doing solo gigs as 'Spy vs Spy'. It was the antics of the Thompson Twins, Culture Club and Spandau Ballet that inspired me to take my music back to basics: style over content vs content over style.

Today marks the 35th anniversary of my debut, at the...
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"World Book Day was yesterday, sir. Also, 'Top Gun' isn't a book."

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Very fishy. Looks like someone is trying to discredit Clive Lewis MP by registering websites in his name, with the aim of making him look disloyal to Corbyn supporters. Now who would want to do that?

The truth about the #CliveLewis ‘leader site’ – he’s not the only one (and more fishiness)