Billy Bragg

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‘That’s it? It’s over? I was 30. What a brutal business’: pop stars on life after the spotlight moves on
Musicians from Bob Geldof to Robbie Williams and Lisa Maffia reveal what they did – and how they felt – after the hits dried up and the crowds vanished

Nick Duerden

16, Apr, 2022 @9:00 AM

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How we made: Billy Bragg’s A New England
‘We heard John Peel on the radio asking for a mushroom biryani, so dropped one off at the BBC. Later that night, he played my record and I was away’

Interviews by Dave Simpson

24, Jan, 2022 @3:22 PM

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Billy Bragg: ‘Boris was trolling me the whole time. We’ve got a wind-up merchant as PM’
As the bard of Barking tours a new album, he reflects on modern politics, his scraps with the Daily Mail and why he could do with listening a bit more

Jude Rogers

29, Oct, 2021 @9:00 AM

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Jailhouse rock: how history’s crimes live on in music
From Maggie May to Ronnie Kray, crooks have long inspired songs, as a new book proves

Duncan Campbell

05, Sep, 2021 @8:00 AM

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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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