Joining Chris on this episode is Billy Bragg, singer-songwriter, activist, "one-man Clash" and skiffle aficionado. Across the conversation Billy discusses his first musical loves, how hr came to pick up the guitar and his eye-opening trip to the United States, on tour with Echo And The Bunnymen. They also touch upon Kirsty MacColl, empathy in music, the art of writing books and the pros and cons of life in the army.
Billy Bragg and Ash Sarkar on England, the Euros and patriotism - LIVE SHOW
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With the hopes of millions across England - and beyond - invested in the Euro 2020 final, we are joined by Billy Bragg and Ash Sarkar for a very special programme on the cultural significance - and what this tells us about our identity.Please like, subscribe - and help us take on the right-wing media here: https://patreon.com/owenjones84Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/the-owen-jones-podcast. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
There is a lot going on in this week's episode as we discuss a collaboration between Billy Bragg and Wilco, who teamed up to put music to some of folk legend Woody Guthrie's unheard lyrics. If that wasn't enough, there's mentions of Ingrid Bergman, Walt Whitman's niece and Christ as a presidential candidate. And despite all this we still manage to squeeze in some nonsense quizzes.
In the second part of Colin Murray’s chat with Billy Bragg, the musician talks about how he found his voice, trying to see his lyrics through dry ice on Top of the Pops, adapting New England for Kirsty MacColl and getting instruments into prisons.Midnight Meets is part of Colin Murray’s BBC Radio 5 Live show which is on Monday to Wednesday 10.30pm to 1am - or available whenever you want via the free BBC Sounds app.
In the first part of Colin Murray’s chat with Billy Bragg, the musician explains what patriotism means to him, talks about his time in the army, what prompted his political activism and the ideal of accountability.Midnight Meets is part of Colin Murray’s BBC Radio 5 Live show which is on Monday to Wednesday 10.30pm to 1am - or available whenever you want via the free BBC Sounds app.
BILLY BRAGG pays a visit to the Bureau to lead us on an extraordinary whirlwind tour through the music that the counterculture forgot. Along the way we hear about the emergence of The Teenager in post-war Britain, the massive impact of Rock Around the Clock, the Soho espresso bar culture of the 50s and the birth of British youth culture. We explore why Skiffle, which soundtracked that youth culture for a few intense years and was the inspiration for musicians in The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, The Who and The Rolling Stones, has been oddly forgotten. And Billy explains why, as the first British DIY musical revolution, Skiffle provided the template for the Punk movement of the 70s that was to inspire him. Along the way, we get educated about the post war 'trad jazz' movement, the cultural stranglehold of the BBC - and the terrific transformatory power of a guy - or a girl - with a guitar. For more on Billy and his book Roots, Radicals and Rockers:https://www.billybragg.co.uk/product/roots-radicals-and-rockers-how-skiffle-changed-the-world-hardback-signed-by-billy/ Billy's Top Five Skiffle Tuneshttps://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLZtMpev7GhPIi-e2ajPxUd_FVyUQxMBbBFor more on the Bureau of Lost Culturewww.bureauoflostculture.com
Episode Notes Hear Kristin's uncut interview with the Bard of Barking: Billy Bragg. If you enjoy this, go back and listen to the episode 'Billy Bragg and the Deep North'. If you want to hear more from Kristin Black listen her radio program on 'Heyday' 4ZZZ, on demand here: http://4zzz.org.au/program/hey-day You can hear snippets of Billy's track 'Love Gets Dangerous' performed live at the Easts Leagues Club in Brisbane's southern suburbs in 1987, recorded by 4ZZZ. From A to Triple Zed was produced as part of 4ZZZ's 45th birthday celebrations, if you want to support radio that's been independent and live since 1975 you can make a donation online now https://support.4zzz.org.au/donations
The Bard Of Barking comes to the Turned Out A Punk Kingdom! On this episode Damian sits down with one of England’s greatest song writers: BILLY BRAGG. Listen as Damian & Billy go deep on the greatness: Riff Raff, Chiswick Records’ pub rock, never listening to the Clash’s “Sandinista” on principle & SO MUCH OTHER GOODNESS. NOT TO BE MISSED!!!!! Also Touched On: Sounds A Damned reel to reel as first exposure it’s gotta be recorded wrong speed? Sceptical of the art school quality of it The Jam are the first band to have an impact Dr.Feelgood are the British Ramones Do up your top button lest you look like a Bee Gee The Clash live blowing your mind Forming Riff Raff Recording I Wanna Be A Cosmonaut and being reborn getting high on recording Snatching a cup of “Sex and Drug and Rock And Roll” badges from your future manager Albion Records The unreleased Riff Raff movie Throwing matinee gigs in Clopton The Now’s “Development Corporation” Jon Savage’s end of Punk was just the start The power and sway on being big city rockers in a small town Getting East German Punks Stoned for the first time Lil’ Kevin joins the band Punk splitting into Oi and The New Romantic Never listening to Sandinista by the Clash Blanking on The Levellers “They weren’t in the Clash Wars!” Lesson learned from Patrick Fitzgerald’s failure Life’s A Riot proto-Britpop The Housemartins & SO MUCH MORE!!!BROUGHT TO YOU BY VANS