Archive for the ‘Billy Bragg News’ Category

Manics: The world’s most famous unknown band – BBC News

Friday, January 30th, 2015

BBC News

Manics: The world's most famous unknown band
BBC News
Huge chunks of the film focus on the band's creative process, which leads to a great exchange between James and Sean: "You've got to make it more Billy Bragg than Lonnie Donegan." Later on, James happily debunks the myths of song writing. "I'm not ...

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Johnny Marr: Half and Half – American Songwriter

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

American Songwriter

Johnny Marr: Half and Half
American Songwriter
I've written songs with Billy Bragg and Matt Johnson and people outside of The Smiths and the other bands that I've been in. I wrote a few songs with Pharrell Williams last year. I've been working on a couple of movie soundtracks in the last few years ...

Frank Turner review – contradictory everyman sings until he’s hoarse – The Guardian

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

The Guardian

Frank Turner review – contradictory everyman sings until he's hoarse
The Guardian
There are new songs (Getting Better, about the duel between insecurity and ambition) and old favourites, pieces that combine the Smiths' romanticism with Billy Bragg's holler and words about everything from self-harming to one-night stands. It could be ...

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Up is down. Left is right. And Sen. Scott Wagner, R-York, supports raising the … – PennLive.com (blog)

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

PennLive.com (blog)

Up is down. Left is right. And Sen. Scott Wagner, R-York, supports raising the ...
PennLive.com (blog)
Yesirree, Bob .... Faster than you can say "Unions shouldn't be allowed to illegally deduct dues from members paychecks and use them to finance campaigns against me," Wagner has found himself aligned with Sen. Tina Tartaglione, D-Philadelphia, ...

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At Selma and Around the World, Pete Seeger Brought Us Closer Together – Huffington Post (blog)

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

At Selma and Around the World, Pete Seeger Brought Us Closer Together
Huffington Post (blog)
The performers included Springsteen, Baez, Dave Matthews, Emmylou Harris, Billy Bragg, Rufus Wainwright, Bela Fleck, Taj Mahal, Roger McGuinn, Steve Earle, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Dar Williams, Tom Morello, Ani DiFranco, and John Mellencamp. In 2012 ...

Melton Gig Guide: January 29 to February 1 – Melton Times

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

Melton Times

Melton Gig Guide: January 29 to February 1
Melton Times
... songs at the Noels on Sunday from 4pm including Dude Looks Like A Lady and Kyrie. An Excuse to Leave play The Crown on Sunday, performing an A to B of punky/pop/rock covers from Aha to Billy Bragg with some 80s and original material thrown in.

MOVIE REVIEW: Don’t bet against ‘The Gambler’ – Bucks Local News

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

MOVIE REVIEW: Don't bet against 'The Gambler'
Bucks Local News
You might remember the original version of “The Gambler” as the auspicious 1974 screenwriting debut of James Toback. This screenplay was autobiographical and reflected his own struggles with compulsive gambling. The film portended a career, which ...

Chants For Socialists: Darren Hayman On William Morris – The Quietus

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

The Quietus

Chants For Socialists: Darren Hayman On William Morris
The Quietus
It was Billy Bragg who inspired Essex-born pop polymath Darren Hayman to pick up the guitar. "Seeing him live in the Eighties had a big influence on me," Hayman says. "Left-wing music and politics seemed to belong together at that point, much more than ...

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Perfect Pussy: “People Should Hate Our Band” – Music Feeds

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

Music Feeds

Perfect Pussy: “People Should Hate Our Band”
Music Feeds
You can be an asshole or you can be a good person – it's your choice to make. MF: Billy Bragg once said that you tend to notice that the people that attack young, intelligent women online are almost always the exact opposite of young, intelligent and ...

Canberra’s Peking Duk finish second in Triple J’s Hottest 100 – The Canberra Times

Monday, January 26th, 2015

The Canberra Times

Canberra's Peking Duk finish second in Triple J's Hottest 100
The Canberra Times
He's performed across Australia and overseas, opening for Billy Bragg and Michael Franti and performing at the Montreal Jazz Festival, Telluride Blues and Brews, Winnipeg Folk Festival, Byron Bay Blues Festival, Falls Festival and Southbound Festival.

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Ten Thousand Times Adieu review – beautiful old songs sung with love – The Guardian

Sunday, January 25th, 2015

The Guardian

Ten Thousand Times Adieu review – beautiful old songs sung with love
The Guardian
“Keeping a toehold on the past adds another dimension to the present and the future,” Copper said in one of the documentary films preceding the big evening concert, and the strands connecting “the authentic voice of ordinary people”, as Billy Bragg ...

Bob Seger an oldie but a goodie – Toronto Sun

Sunday, January 25th, 2015

Toronto Sun

Bob Seger an oldie but a goodie
Toronto Sun
He also proved to have great taste with his choice of covers on Ride Out, performing Steve Earle's The Devil's Right Hand, the Wilco-Billy Bragg reworking of Woody Guthrie's lyrics on California Stars, and John Hiatt's Detroit Made, and his own new ...

Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a … – The Independent

Saturday, January 24th, 2015

The Independent

Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a ...
The Independent
It's an interesting choice for a 46-year-old man, but Murdoch asserts that a middle-aged bloke singing about coalition politics probably wouldn't work: "Billy Bragg could do it – I can't. "It was after the 2010 elections and I was thinking about how ...

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Seger satisfies with his night moves at Consol concert – Timesonline.com

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

Timesonline.com

Seger satisfies with his night moves at Consol concert
Timesonline.com
On a few occasions Seger took a seat to strum acoustically on songs such as his version of "California Stars," a gentle Billy Bragg-Wilco tune he initially became smitten with because of its melody, later delighted to learn the lyrics came from Woody ...

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DJ Semtex name Sony Music UK’s Director Of Artist Development – Complete Music Update

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

DJ Semtex name Sony Music UK's Director Of Artist Development
Complete Music Update
... Roger La Haye of The Royalty Society have been added to the line-up of speakers at the next MusicTank event in April. As previously reported, entitled 'The Artist Economics Of Streaming', the debate will be lead by Billy Bragg. MusicTank Chairman ...

Billy Bragg tells the story of political prisoners transported to Van Diemen’s … – ABC Online

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

ABC Online

Billy Bragg tells the story of political prisoners transported to Van Diemen's ...
ABC Online
Musician and activist Billy Bragg believes too few people know the details of Tasmania's convict history. The UK performer has been in Tasmania working on a documentary about convicts, and has also wowed Hobart music lovers with a one-off concert.

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Why Prince Andrew’s party is still a hot ticket – The Guardian

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

The Guardian

Why Prince Andrew's party is still a hot ticket
The Guardian
Socialist musician Billy Bragg has said she “charmed the pants” off him when they met at a gala performance. So what's going on here? Why do certain people have the power to reduce us to nervous wrecks on the basis of rank alone? Status is a huge and ...

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A Love Letter to Myspace, the Social Network Where Music and Identity Intertwined – Noisey (blog)

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

Noisey (blog)

A Love Letter to Myspace, the Social Network Where Music and Identity Intertwined
Noisey (blog)
It was used as a platform for R.E.M. to unveil Around The Sun, it helped launch Crystal Castles' entire career off the back of a single demo, and Billy Bragg absolutely fucking hated it, so it had all the markings of a successful music site. Still, the ...

Of octaves and oatmeal: Meet Lauren Shera – The Bakersfield Californian

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

The Bakersfield Californian

Of octaves and oatmeal: Meet Lauren Shera
The Bakersfield Californian
The performer recently played the Americana Festival in Nashville; opened for Billy Bragg, Jason Mraz, and Ray LaMontagne; and was selected for the inaugural Communion Presents tour, organized by Mumford & Sons founding member Ben Lovett.

On the road in Essex: how Labour is trying to woo young voters and combat Ukip – New Statesman

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

New Statesman

On the road in Essex: how Labour is trying to woo young voters and combat Ukip
New Statesman
This apparently innocuous route – yelled down the mic by Billy Bragg like an anarchic sat nav in his song, A13, Trunk Road to the Sea – is the “highway of dreams” playing host to Liam Byrne MP's roadtrip this week. Labour's shadow universities minister ...
VIDEO: Shadow minister Liam Byrne visits EssexSouthend Standard

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Kim Churchill reflects on his biggest year – The Maitland Mercury

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

Kim Churchill reflects on his biggest year
The Maitland Mercury
“I was three quarters of the way through a tour with Billy Bragg and I had been selling 100 CDs a night and I had this build up of cash. “I was in one of those Wicked vans, I got sponsored in Europe by the Wicked van company, and it was painted like ...

Paddy Shennan: No more Page 3? It’s a start – but what about no more S*n? – Liverpool Echo

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

Liverpool Echo

Paddy Shennan: No more Page 3? It's a start - but what about no more S*n?
Liverpool Echo
This reminded me of a line from Billy Bragg's 1984 song, It Says Here, which talked about the “Street of Shame” – “Where they offer you a feature on stockings and suspenders, next to a call for stiffer penalties for sex offenders.” Time and time again ...

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No more Page 3. But what about all those other pages of The S*n? – Liverpool Echo

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

Liverpool Echo

No more Page 3. But what about all those other pages of The S*n?
Liverpool Echo
This reminded me of a line from Billy Bragg's 1984 song It Says Here, which talked about the “Street of Shame” – “Where they offer you a feature on stockings and suspenders, next to a call for stiffer penalties for sex offenders.” Time and time again ...

Inside track: will 2015 bring anti-politics victories in Britain and Spain – Herald Scotland

Monday, January 19th, 2015

Herald Scotland

Inside track: will 2015 bring anti-politics victories in Britain and Spain
Herald Scotland
The nearest Britain has had to a major cultural figure linking anti-austerity sentiment in England to the SNP is Billy Bragg. But Llach isn't just a Bragg. He's an iconic artist of huge historic significance. And he has a big point. Together Podemos ...

Column: Round the Town with Karen Wyant – Jackson County Times-Journal

Monday, January 19th, 2015

Column: Round the Town with Karen Wyant
Jackson County Times-Journal
On the 1st of February is my classmates Suette Adams-Gene Bragg and twins Karen and Linda Hollingshead; Virginia Burton, Larry Spangler, Will Jennings, Larry Goheen, Patty Wolford, Bob Massie, Rita Richards, and happy anniversary to Floyd and Joine ...