Billy Bragg was recently described by The Times newspaper as a national treasure. In the two decades of his career Bragg has become the most stalwart guardian of the radical dissenting tradition...Expand
Billy Bragg was recently described by The Times newspaper as a national treasure.
In the two decades of his career Bragg has become the most stalwart guardian of the radical dissenting tradition that stretches back over centuries of the country's political, cultural and social history. His songs are full of passion, anger and wit, with a stark strummed electric guitar and even starker vocals with a keen sense of melody and deeply humane lyrics; a one man Clash.
Bragg entered the Nineties with his most political work to date. The Internationale mini-album, released in May 1990, included such tracks as The Marching Song of the Convent Battalions, Nicaraguita and The Red Flag. Running concurrently with all this political activity, however, Bragg was also working with The Blokes on his new album England, Half English. The album, which explored Bragg's notions about identity and Englishness, was released on 4 March, 2002 - by sheer coincidence the precise 20th anniversary of Bragg's first-ever solo gig, the Sociology Disco at North London Polytechnic.
Billy Bragg celebrated his long career with a double-CD retrospective called Must I Paint You A Picture? The album features 40 of the tracks that have defined his music and approach through the years. Billy released the single We Laughed with Rosetta Life, a song Billy wrote with patients facing life-threatening illness, as part of the Rosetta Requiem project.