Billy Bragg: Still Suitable for Miners [NOOK Book]

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He was a punk. He was a soldier. He was a flag-waver for both the Labour Party and the miners. He is Billy Bragg, best known as a passionate protest folk singer and a tireless promoter of political and humanitarian causes all across the world. His life encapsulates so much about his generation: born in the late '50s, passions forged by punk, politics shaped by Thatcherism, hope provided by the end of the Cold War and ideology galvanised by what he sees as a post-ideological 21st...

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Overview

He was a punk. He was a soldier. He was a flag-waver for both the Labour Party and the miners. He is Billy Bragg, best known as a passionate protest folk singer and a tireless promoter of political and humanitarian causes all across the world. His life encapsulates so much about his generation: born in the late '50s, passions forged by punk, politics shaped by Thatcherism, hope provided by the end of the Cold War and ideology galvanised by what he sees as a post-ideological 21st century.

Serious about compassion and accountability, he likes a laugh too, and is enduringly popular.

Billy Bragg remains to this day a much-loved songwriter and performer whose campaigning has now spanned four decades and shows no sign of relenting. Still Suitable For Miners is his official story, updated for the 30th anniversary of his debut album, Life’s A Riot with Spy Vs Spy, and including the recording of his tenth album as a solo artist, Tooth and Nail.



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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780753549230
  • Publisher: Ebury Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/14/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 368
  • File size: 515 KB

Meet the Author

Andrew Collins is a writer and broadcaster. Having worked for NME, Empire and Q, he regularly broadcasts on Radio 2, Radio 4 and 6 Music. He is Film Editor of Radio Times, co-writer of BBC sitcoms Grass and Not Going Out, and author of Where Did It All Go Right? and Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now.

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Table of Contents

Bringing it all back home v
Acknowledgements to the first edition
Acknowledgements to the second edition
Foreword 1
Preface: How did I get here? This bloke, 1957-1998 3
1 London A to B: A bit of history 9
2 Alice is bent: Childhood, 1957-1973 16
3 Exile on Magnet: Forming a band, 1974-1977 32
4 Big in Clopton: Riff Raff, 1977-1980 46
5 I Vow To Thee My Country: The army, 1980-1981 68
6 Licensee: Jack Ruby: Birth of Billy, 1981-1983 83
7 Go!: Signing off, signing up, 1983 107
8 A great friend of Dave Gilmour's: Take-off, 1984 121
9 The world turned upside down: A bit of politics, 1984-1985 141
10 How long can a bad thing last?: Another bit of politics, 1985-1987 156
11 Broken-heart surgery: Great leaps forward, 1987-1989 186
12 Stop playing with yourself: A bit of business, 1989-1992 199
13 Try this at home: Rethink, 1992-1995 220
14 New Billy: Back in office, 1996-1997 234
15 Life begins at Woody: The future starts here, 1998 245
16 The Bard of Burton Bradstock: On the map, 1998-2002 251
17 Delivery man of human love: Who is Billy Bragg then? 267
Bibliography and sources 276
Towards a Braggiography: Discography of UK releases 278
Index 289
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