Tickets are now available for Billy Bragg at Rock City!
As a special treat for those attending the concert there will also be a pre-show screening of a short film compiled from Billy’s archives intended as a quick romp through his forty year career entitled ‘Billy Bragg – 40 Years in 40 Minutes’.
We respectfully ask that you do not record, capture, share or stream the film from your phones.
“It seems like just the other day that I was handing John Peel a mushroom biryani, asking him to play my first record. The music business has changed dramatically since then, but my belief in the power of the song is undimmed.”
As the UK’s most prominent political singer-songwriter, Billy Bragg came from Essex bound to make a statement from day one. He spent £175 on buying his way out of the army and released the punk-rock song ‘Life’s a Riot’ with Spy vs Spy. Immediately it flew to number 30 on the charts. With many charting singles following after, he even has a street named after him.
He has now announced a brand new boxset to celebrate 40 years of making music and left-wing activism. October 27th is the release date. The deluxe CD set will comprise of 14 discs. Not only willy they hold the 12 studio albums from Bragg, but other features such as non-album singles, B-Sides, session tracks, rare live recordings and previously unreleased material from the past 40 years. Alongside this will be a book boasting a collection of Bragg’s personal items in photography format.
“In the early 80s, I realised if I wanted to hear music that said something about the state of the world, I’d have to make it myself. To mark my 40th anniversary, I’ve compiled a number of commemorative releases spanning my career since then.”
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