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Glastonbury Festival 2015

Pussy Riot and Billy Bragg - Glastonbury Festival 2015 - Day 3 - Celebrity Sightings at Glastonbury Festival - Somerset, United Kingdom - Friday 26th June 2015

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Glastonbury Festival 2015

Billy Bragg - Glastonbury Festival 2015 - Day 2 - Atmosphere at Glastonbury Festival - Somerset, United Kingdom - Thursday 25th June 2015

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Has Taylor Swift Been Given A Sack Full Of Cash From Sergey Brin?


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Taylor Swift's representatives have been forced to deny that the superstar pulled her music from Spotify after signing a megabucks deal with Google. Swift removed her entire back catalogue from the streaming service earlier this month, arguing that musicians should not "undervalue their art", however, speculation suggest there may have been darker forces at play.

Taylor SwiftTaylor Swift has reportedly signed a deal with Google Music - though her spokespeople deny it

The British singer-songwriter Billy Bragg has criticized the decision as "corporate power play" and claimed Swift's new songs will soon be available on Google's new service.

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Musicians Succeed In Reversing Prison Guitar String Ban


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Musical campaigners have successfully reversed a ban that had prevented inmates of British prisons from being able to use steel strings on guitars.

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Billy Bragg had led the campaign to reverse the steel guitar string ban in British prisons

The ban had meant that the only strings available to inmates were nylon ones, used primarily for classical and Spanish styles and largely unsuitable for steel-strung acoustic guitars due to the way that they’re attached. But now steel strings will be available again, to be paid for out of prisoners’ wages and earned on a privileges basis at the discretion of individual governors.

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Glastonbury Festival 2014

Billy Bragg - Glastonbury Festival 2014 - Performances - Day 4 - Billy Bragg - Glastonbury, United Kingdom - Sunday 29th June 2014

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Billy Bragg Likens Kasabian's Swagger To Spinal Tap's Satire


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Kasabian were the subject of derision when they chose to divulge the lyrics, "Horsemeat in the burgers, people commit murders, everyone’s on bugle, we’re being watched by Google" early. They eventually revised those lyrics for their current single, ‘Eez-eh’, but Billy Brag still thinks they’re the Spinal Tap of modern music.

Serge Pizzorno KasabianSerge Pizzorno performing at Hard Rock Calling in 2013

"They have an important role to play: they are there to remind us how true Spinal Tap was. I'm not a fan, but if you read their interviews as if it was dialogue from Spinal Tap, it's very entertaining," says Bragg. Only trouble is, high-maintenance lead-singer Serge isn’t really going for satire; he’s genuinely making what he believes to be a comment on the socio-political state of the United Kingdom.

More: British Rockers Hit Out At Prison Guitar Ban

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Richard Hawley And Grandmaster Flash Among Camp Bestival 2013 Highlights [Photos]


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Richard Hawley plays one of his many splendid guitars.

Camp Bestival 2013 took over the weekend (August 2nd - 4th) at Lulworth Castle in Dorset last week, with some superb live headline and DJ sets each day. 

It was an eclectic line-up of artists both legendary and newly emerging and ranging from the underground cult favourites to the more chartworthy pop stars. Richard Hawley, formerly of Britpop band Longpigs and Pulp, played an awesome headline set on day one with an array of different electric guitars. He shared the stage with 'I'm Gonne Be (500 Miles)' hitmakers The Proclaimers as well as reggae veteran Max Romeo, Manchester trio I Am Kloot and folk punk activist Billy Bragg.

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Camp Bestival Day One

Billy Bragg - Camp Bestival day one held at the Lulworth Castle - Dorset, United Kingdom - Friday 2nd August 2013

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Chagstock Festival

Bob Geldof and Billy Bragg - Chagstock Festival - Day 2 - Celebrity Sightings - Devon, United Kingdom - Saturday 20th July 2013

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A New England Means A New Personal Direction For Billy Bragg On New Album


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One of the biggest politically-minded voices left in music has announced a move away from his previous statement-laden songs to focus more on personal relationships. Billy Bragg has been outspoken about political and societal ills for 30 years now as a performer, but he told Reuters that new album Tooth & Nail – his first in five years – will be more of a relationship-based record.

"This album became a way of moving to the next thing, of moving on," Bragg he said to the news service. He said that he felt he had something to prove by returning with a new release, saying "I felt if I didn't come back to the recording industry I would be surrendering, saying I am too old, too political."

However, he did say that the politics of the time are so hard to gauge now, and that the defined Left and Right side of politics in his heyday allowed him to make his own firm decision on where he stood. "Today I have no idea where (Prime Minister) David Cameron stands," he said. "On one hand he is cutting money for disabled people but at the same time he is arguing for equal marriage. If I am confused then imagine how a 20-year-old feels today."

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Billy Bragg, Mr Love and Justice Album Review


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Mr Love and Justice
Album Review

Something of a dual celebration is marked by this release, coinciding as it does with Bragg's fiftieth birthday and him reaching the milestone of twenty-five years as a performer. That's some feat in today's currency - for many different reasons, I can't imagine many of today's pop heroes achieving that kind of longevity. Once again Billy Bragg is joined by his band The Blokes, and perhaps that's where this album falls short. Bragg's always been a decent songwriter, but I've always had the nagging doubt that sometimes he doesn't do his own songs justice - look at Kirsty MacColl's treatment of ‘A New England’ or Dubstar's reworking of ‘St Swithin's Day’, for example. Both versions (in my mind at least) take the starkness of the originals and build and develop them into something quite beautiful.

With The Blokes in tow, however, it's a bit of a different story. There's something essentially coffee-table about the music on this record. It's very unchallenging. I don't know whether it quite descends into the realms of the cheesy, but it is very formulaic, country-esque soul that feels a bit lazy. There are lyrical highlights, of course - we'd expect that, wouldn't we? He takes on tobacco companies on ‘The Johnny Carcinogenic Show’ and New Labour's frightening attacks on civil liberties on ‘O Freedom’, and ‘M For Me’ is certainly clever lyrically (even if it has an unforgiveable trombone solo).

Sadly, not even a guest appearance from Robert Wyatt (a kindred spirit in many ways, but a significantly more inventive one) or producing duties from frequent Fall knob-twiddler Grant Showbiz can rescue this record, I'm afraid. Now more than ever - since young people have entirely lost interest in politics and the very idea of political music seems risible to them - we need people like Billy Bragg to be making better records than this. He's still got a lot to say and a great deal contribute, but this album will convert no-one and excite no-one. There is, apparently, a bonus second disc (which wasn't included in the promo copy I was sent), on which Bragg performs the same set of songs acoustically. To contradict entirely what I wrote in the first paragraph, that might in some ways be a better listen: certainly the songs on display here might benefit from a more stripped-down treatment.

Jon Watson

2/5

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Billy Bragg

Date of birth

20th December, 1957

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