Billy Bragg

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Cambridge Folk festival review – a safe but charming return
Crowd favourites Billy Bragg, Seasick Steve and Gipsy Kings share the bill with some daring international bookings for the festival’s contented return

Colin Irwin

02, Aug, 2022 @9:46 AM

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‘I popped the question. Of course she said yes – she was as wasted as I was’: the Glastonbury festival I’ll never forget
Billy Bragg, Joan Armatrading, Tim Jonze and Leonie Cooper reflect on their most magical days at Worthy Farm

Billy Bragg, Tim Jonze, Joan Armatrading interviewed by Leah Harper and Leonie Cooper

22, Jun, 2022 @2:53 PM

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From Billy Bragg to DJ Albo: what Anthony Albanese’s music taste says about him | Andrew Stafford
If he wants to be true to the values of the music he most cherishes, Australia’s new PM needs to seize the sea of possibilities created by a more diverse parliament

Andrew Stafford

01, Jun, 2022 @5:30 PM

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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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