Billy Bragg

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My favourite Dylan song – by Mick Jagger, Marianne Faithfull, Tom Jones, Judy Collins and more
Bob Dylan is 80 today. But what’s his greatest song? Stars pick their favourite – and recall their own encounters, from Marianne Faithfull turning him down to Judy Collins whacking a policeman to get backstage

Interviews by Dave Simpson

24, May, 2021 @5:00 AM

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Foggy nights, burnt out cars and marshland: Billy Bragg's ode to Essex
It had the biggest fishing fleet in the country, the largest gasworks in the world – and wastelands full of things to smash. The singer revisits the landscapes of his childhood

Billy Bragg

24, Jan, 2021 @3:00 PM

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'I should have grown out of this': how pop fandom shaped us
As Pete Paphides publishes a memoir of his life in pop, our writers reflect on the childhood musical loves that made them

Pete Paphides, Alexis Petridis, Ben Beaumont-Thomas, Laura Snapes, Hannah J Davies and Michael Hann

05, Mar, 2020 @8:54 AM

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'I made excuses': music industry frets over becoming carbon neutral
Coldplay and Massive Attack have pledged more environmentally sound tours this week – but given the financial and artistic importance of touring, the industry faces tough challenges

Lowri Ellcock

29, Nov, 2019 @12:41 PM

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Boris Johnson blimp joins 9ft Farage on anti-Brexit march in London
Pro-Europe grassroots groups voice opposition to a Johnson premiership

Caroline Davies and Jedidajah Otte

20, Jul, 2019 @10:56 AM

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Billy Bragg claims it is 'beyond doubt' that Morrissey is spreading far-right ideas
Bragg also calls out the Killers’ Brandon Flowers for describing the former Smiths frontman as ‘a king’ despite controversies

Laura Snapes

08, Jul, 2019 @4:56 PM

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Bigmouth strikes again and again: why Morrissey fans feel so betrayed
Once his songs of loneliness and shyness made him a hero to misfits and outsiders. Yet now he is voicing his support for a far-right party

Tim Jonze

30, May, 2019 @5:00 AM

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In brief: Love Without End; The Three Dimensions of Freedom; Facts and Fiction – reviews
Melvyn Bragg takes his cue from Heloise and Abelard, musician Billy Bragg reflects on freedom, and some joyful musings from biographer Michael Holroyd

Hephzibah Anderson

12, May, 2019 @2:00 PM

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TV tonight: Billy Bragg examines the skiffle craze and its breakout, influential hit
Joe Lycett stands uo for consumer rights, Martin - in disguise and lying low – returns to West Berlin in Deutschland 86

Jack Seale, Phil Harrison, Gwilym Mumford, Ali Catterall, Graeme Virtue, Lanre Bakare and Paul Howlett

12, Apr, 2019 @5:00 AM

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Billy Bragg: ‘I love my country and I don’t want it to make an absolute fool of itself’
The musician is back on tour and fronting a new documentary about skiffle. But he would rather talk about Brexit, Corbyn, progressive patriotism – and where he buys his hummus

Sam Wollaston

08, Apr, 2019 @5:00 AM

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Billy Bragg writes first in series of political pamphlets by musicians
The Three Dimensions of Freedom, a polemic about accountability by the singer-songwriter, will launch line of similar works from Faber

Alison Flood

14, Feb, 2019 @1:32 PM

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Music industry heavyweights call for an alternative to Brexit
Open letter signed by figures including Annie Lennox and Billy Bragg says leaving EU poses ‘significant threat’ to UK music business

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

11, Dec, 2018 @2:59 PM

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