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Van Morrison Finds Music A 'Spiritual Experience'

Van Morrison finds listening to music to be ''a spiritual experience''.The 69-year-old icon's passion for music came from listening to jazz and blues records shipped over from America when he was a youngster, and said...

Van Morrison Had Vet Ambition

Van Morrison wanted to be a vet.The 69-year-old singing legend's sights were set on a medical career helping animals when he was younger and he never had any inkling he was going to enjoy a...

Rod Stewart 'Devastated' By Death Of Ian Mclagan

Rod Stewart has paid tribute to his late Faces bandmate Ian McLagan, admitting he is ''devastated'' by his death.Keyboard player Ian died at the age of 69 at a hospital in Austin, Texas, after having...

Ian Mclagan Dies

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...

Billy Bragg Apologises To Taylor Swift For Google Comments

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...

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

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...

Taylor Swift Responds To Billy Bragg's Criticism Of Her Spotify Move

Taylor Swift has denied she removed her songs from music-streaming service Spotify because of a "corporate power play" following an accusation by rocker Billy Bragg.The Love Story singer hit headlines earlier this month (Nov14) when...

Billy Bragg: 'Taylor Swift Should Be Honest With Her Fans About Spotify Drama'

Outspoken singer and activist Billy Bragg has taken aim at Taylor Swift, accusing her of making a veiled "corporate power play" by pulling her back catalogue from streaming service Spotify.com.Swift hit headlines when she removed...

Billy Bragg Stages Impromptu Benefit Concert Near Troubled Ferguson

British rocker Billy Bragg staged an impromptu concert in St. Louis, Missouri on Tuesday (19Aug14) amid escalating violence in nearby Ferguson.Tensions have been high in the area following the death of teenager Michael Brown, who...

Musicians Succeed In Reversing Prison Guitar String Ban

Musical campaigners have successfully reversed a ban that had prevented inmates of British prisons from being able to use steel strings on guitars.Billy Bragg had led the campaign to reverse the steel guitar string ban...

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

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,...

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

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...

Billy Bragg: 'Kasabian Are As Bad As Spinal Tap'

Veteran musician Billy Bragg has compared British group Kasabian to parody rock band Spinal Tap.Bragg has criticised the rockers in the run-up to their career-defining set at Britain's iconic Glastonbury festival later this month (Jun14),...

British Rockers Hit Out At Prison Guitar Ban

Rockers included Billy Bragg and Johnny Marr are urging British politicians to reconsider a ban on steel-strung guitars in U.K. prisons.The instruments were outlawed in jails in November (13) as part of the government's changes...

Billy Bragg Scammed Musicians With Mini-golf Betting Con

British rocker Billy Bragg tried to scam money out of his fellow performers with rigged mini-golf games while touring in Australia.The singer/songwriter was included in the line-up for Australia's touring festival Big Day Out in...

Billy Bragg Launches Online Radio Show

Political activist and singer/songwriter Billy Bragg has landed his own monthly radio show on file-sharing website Spotify.The A New England singer will debut his new programme, which will feature his personal favourite tracks, on 11...

Damon Albarn Headlines Latitude Festival

Blur's Damon Albarn will headline Latitude Festival 2014. The singer will perform alongside Haim, Two Door Cinema Club and Billy Bragg at the 9th annual festival from July 17 to 20 at Henham Park in...

Billy Bragg To Busk With Frank Turner

British musicians Billy Bragg and Frank Turner are set to busk on the streets of London to raise money for the homeless.The A New England hitmaker and folk star Turner are teaming up for a...

Billy Bragg Rules Out Retirement

Singer/songwriter Billy Bragg has vowed to never hang up his guitar after picking up a lifetime achievement award earlier this week (begs02Sep13).The musician was handed the Outstanding Contribution to Music prize at the Association of...

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

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...

Billy Bragg To Receive Outstanding Contribution Prize At Aim Awards

Singer/songwriter Billy Bragg has been named the recipient of this year's (13) Aim Independent Music Awards Outstanding Contribution prize.The Sexuality hitmaker will accept his latest accolade at a gala event in London in September (13)....

Billy Bragg: 'Margaret Thatcher's Death Should Not Be Celebrated'

Singer/songwriter Billy Bragg is urging his fans not to celebrate the death of Britain's former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher despite his hatred of the ex-leader's controversial policies.Baroness Thatcher passed away following a stroke on Monday...

Billy Bragg Focused On Album After Mother's Death

Singer/songwriter Billy Bragg was spurred into making a new album after re-evaluating his life following the death of his mother.The British rocker released his new record, Tooth & Nail, this month (Mar13), and he admits...

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

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...

Sean Penn, Oliver Stone And Billy Bragg Pay Tribute To Hugo Chavez

Sean Penn, Oliver Stone and Billy Bragg were among the first celebrities to pay their respects to Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez, who lost his battle with cancer on Tuesday (05Mar13).Actor and humanitarian Penn, one of...

Billy Bragg Recorded New Album In Five Days

Singer/songwriter Billy Bragg recorded his new album in just five days during "whirlwind" studio sessions.The star is preparing to release Tooth & Nail in March (13), and he has recorded a special video message for...

Strummer Of Love Single Day Tickets Now On Sale

The Strummer of Love festival organisers have now released the day tickets for this special event commemorating 10 years since the passing of legendary punk singer Joe Strummer.Standard weekend tickets for this family friendly event...

Bragg & Slash Remember The Band Star Helm

Billy Bragg and Slash have added their tributes to rocker Levon Helm, who lost his battle with cancer on Thursday (19Apr12).The Band drummer fell ill last month (Mar12) and was forced to scrap a series...

Billy Bragg And Basement Jaxx Among Acts For Strummer Festival

The Pogues, Billy Bragg, Badly Drawn Boy and Basement Jaxx are among the acts who have signed up to perform at a festival in honour of late The Clash frontman Joe Strummer.The new Strummer of...

Burgess And Bragg Pay Tribute To Strummer

THE CHARLATANS' TIM BURGESS and rocker Billy Bragg have paid tribute to late The Clash musician Joe Strummer on the ninth anniversary of his death.The rocker passed away on 22 December, 2002 at the age...

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