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Billy Bragg Hits The Tracks To Record American Folk Album On Train Ride


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The duo started by recording Leadbelly's The Midnight Special at New York's Union Station before hitting the tracks for a marathon 2,728-mile railroad recording trip from Chicago, Illinois to Los Angeles.

Shine a Light: Field Recordings From the Great American Railroad features train-inspired covers of songs by Jimmie Rodgers, Hank Williams, the Carter Family, Woody Guthrie, and Gordon Lightfoot.

Bragg and Henry recorded their album's songs in hotel rooms, train cars, and loading docks over the course of four days, with the album's final track, Lightfoot's Early Morning Rain, recorded outside Los Angeles' Union Station at dawn.

Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn Is Headed To Glastonbury To Speak Out Against Nuclear Weapons


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Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has accepted an invitation to speak at this year’s Glastonbury Festival from the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament. Mr Corbyn will speak out against plans to renew the controversial Trident programme and call on the government to ban the bomb in front of the crowd of 135,000 music fans.

Jeremy CorbynJeremy Corbyn will appear at this year’s Glastonbury festival.

A Glastonbury source told The Mirror: “Jeremy has accepted the invitation from the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament to speak. It’s a fabulous coup for them.” Corbyn will appear alongside festival regular and political activist Billy Bragg on his Left Field stage.

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Charlotte Church And Billy Bragg Protest Government Cuts


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The stars, who are both outspoken activists on social issues, took to the stage in front of an estimated 60,000 protesters to campaign against welfare cuts and changes to the National Health Service (NHS).

Bragg performed a set of his hits before the march began, while Church gave a speech rallying against the country's political leaders.

"The government is firmly and unashamedly in the pocket of energy companies and big corporations and media moguls," she said.

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Colin Firth Lends Voice To Controversial Song


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The King's Speech star portrays a newsreader announcing politicians' plans to cut the amount of money spent on giving defendants free legal representation on veteran singer/songwriter Tom Robinson's track, called The Mighty Sword of Justice.

Singer/activist Billy Bragg also features on the song, which appears on Robinson's album Only The Now, his first disc in almost 20 years.

Robinson explains the collaboration with Firth, who he previously met on an activism project, telling Britain's Daily Mail newspaper, "We needed a BBC newsreader to set the context to this song about changes to legal aid. But there were copyright issues and we couldn't use the BBC tapes... He was on location (filming) at the time, so I emailed him and he just said 'send me the text'. He spoke the words into his phone at his hotel and emailed it straight back."

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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Ian McLagan Dies


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Ian McLagan has died.

The Faces and Small Faces keyboardist passed away in hospital in Austin, Texas, at the age of 69 yesterday (03.12.14) after reportedly suffering a ''massive stroke''.

After the Faces - who changed their name from the Small Faces in 1969 when Rod Stewart and Ronnie Wood joined - split in 1975, Ian began working as a session musician playing with artists including Bob Dylan, Billy Bragg, Bruce Springsteen and Chuck Berry.

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Billy Bragg Apologises To Taylor Swift For Google Comments


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Singer and activist Billy Bragg has apologised to Taylor Swift for accusing her of engaging in a "corporate power play" and "selling her soul to Google" by withdrawing her music from Spotify.

The Love Story singer hit headlines earlier this month (Nov14) when she removed her entire back catalogue from the music-streaming site because she did not agree with the perception that music should be "free".

Bragg then accused her of misleading fans because he believed she had a secret deal with technology giant Google to join the company's new YouTube Music Key streaming service.

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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.

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

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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Billy Bragg's Campaign To Lift Prison Ban On Steel-strung Guitars A Success


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Rocker Billy Bragg is celebrating after successfully campaigning to overturn a ban on steel-strung guitars in U.K. prisons.

Bragg joined forces with fellow rockers Johnny Marr, Pink Floyd's Dave Gilmour, Radiohead's Ed O'Brien and Philip Selway, and Guy Garvey from Elbow earlier this year (14) as part of an initiative to urge officials to rethink the ruling, which was passed last November (13) as part of the government's changes to the judicial system, which also included new restrictions on books for prisoners.

In an open letter published in April (14), Bragg's all-star group argued that music had "an important role to play in engaging prisoners in the process of rehabilitation", adding, "This ability will be seriously undermined if inmates are unable to practise between group sessions."

Continue reading: Billy Bragg's Campaign To Lift Prison Ban On Steel-strung Guitars A Success

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.

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"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

Continue reading: Billy Bragg Likens Kasabian's Swagger To Spinal Tap's Satire

Chagstock Festival

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

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Record Store Day 2012 At Sister Ray Records In Soho

Billy Bragg Saturday 21st April 2012 Record Store Day 2012 at Sister Ray Records in Soho

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State Of Play - UK Film Premiere Held At The Empire Leicester Square

Billy Bragg - Tuesday 21st April 2009 at Empire Leicester Square London, England

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Jameson Empire Film Awards Held At The Grosvenor House Hotel - Arrivals

Billy Bragg and Grosvenor House Sunday 29th March 2009 Jameson Empire Film Awards held at the Grosvenor House Hotel - arrivals London, England

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