A progressive is
someone who wants
to see society
re-organised
so that everyone
has access to
the means by
which to reach
their full potential
Billy Bragg
38 Classic tracks compiled from the BBC archive spanning 1983 to 2019

Fully remastered many previously unreleased

Includes selected highlights from sessions for John Peel, David Jensen, Janice Long, Phill Jupitus, Bob Harris, Tom Robinson & more

“Work in progress. That’s how John Peel thought of his evening sessions, offering artists the opportunity to try out new songs in a studio environment. That’s how I looked at them too. The confirmation of a Peel session date was a signal to get my ideas together, to define material that had hitherto been little more than words scribbled on a page or a tune thrashed out during a sound check.

That’s why some of the tracks here have a different phrasing and arrangement to that which appeared on record. The songs were so new, you can hear I’m still feeling my way into them. Several were conceived and written the night before the session. In one case, I actually composed a song from scratch while the show was on air. That rawness was always a key component of my BBC sessions, the thrill of putting something out there for the very first time.

And here I’ve collected all the best moments across 36 years of my ongoing work in progress.”

Billy Bragg 2019

38 Classic tracks compiled from the BBC archive spanning 1983 to 2019

Fully remastered many previously unreleased

Includes selected highlights from sessions for John Peel, David Jensen, Janice Long, Phill Jupitus, Bob Harris, Tom Robinson & more

“Work in progress. That’s how John Peel thought of his evening sessions, offering artists the opportunity to try out new songs in a studio environment. That’s how I looked at them too. The confirmation of a Peel session date was a signal to get my ideas together, to define material that had hitherto been little more than words scribbled on a page or a tune thrashed out during a sound check.

That’s why some of the tracks here have a different phrasing and arrangement to that which appeared on record. The songs were so new, you can hear I’m still feeling my way into them. Several were conceived and written the night before the session. In one case, I actually composed a song from scratch while the show was on air. That rawness was always a key component of my BBC sessions, the thrill of putting something out there for the very first time.

And here I’ve collected all the best moments across 36 years of my ongoing work in progress.”

Billy Bragg 2019

Limited Edition Triple White Vinyl | Black Vinyl | Double CD

Limited Edition Triple White Vinyl | Black Vinyl | Double CD

In these challenging times, we all need something to hang on to. Like everyone else, my plans for 2020 have been disrupted by the pandemic, but today I’m announcing an extensive UK & Irish tour for this time next year to give me something tangible to work towards. My hope is that, by then, we’ll be able to get together again and enjoy the uplift that live music brings, to audience and performer alike.
Hope to see you next Autumn

 “After more than three decades of travelling around the world in a van, or spending all day flying vast distances to play a gig, I’m looking forward to having some time to explore cities that I usually only get to see between the soundcheck and the show. And this three night stand format is a way of keeping things interesting, both for me and the audience. I tried it out in Auckland recently and had a lot of fun revisiting my back pages.” Billy Bragg 2019

In each town Bragg will perform three unique shows on consecutive nights.The first night’s performance will feature Bragg’s current set, which ranges across his 35 year career. The second will see Bragg perform songs from his first three albums: his punk rock debut Life’s a Riot with Spy Vs Spy (1983), its similarly raw follow-up Brewing Up with Billy Bragg (1984) and Talking with the Taxman about Poetry (1986). The third performance will see Bragg perform songs from his second three albums: the positively jangled Workers Playtime (1988), the pop classic Don’t Try This at Home (1991) and the back-to-basics William Bloke (1996).

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This week Senator Ted Cruz screamed "freedom" on a stage literally shaped like a Nazi symbol at a conference where attendees are worshipping a giant golden statue of Trump, and this is all just pretty normal now. Still trying to wrap my head around it, I guess.

Every Republican in the House of Representatives voted against giving unemployed Americans in a pandemic $400 a week to supplement their benefits. Every Republican voted against funding for vaccine distribution. Every Republican voted against aid to schools, states, localities.

Here’s to everyone trying to organize their @amazon workplaces!! @BAmazonUnion @RWDSU @MorePerfectUS #Solidarity

Sat Feb 27th, 2021

Billy Bragg
Can't pretend that there have not been moments in the past few months when I've wondered if my October UK & Ireland tour would actually happen. But the past week has given me renewed belief. Not only have the news stories about UK festivals going ahead given us a vision of a nearly normal summer, but sales for the UK and Ireland tour have suddenly picked up, so I'm putting this reminder up for those of you taking a wait-and-see approach to buying a ticket.Some of these dates will sell out soon, so get 'em while you can: www.billybragg.co.uk/giglistingsIt seems a long way off and who knows what might happen in the meantime, but I'm focusing on restarting in October, writing songs for a new album which will hopefully be ready to roll when I take the stage in Gateshead on October 21st. Really looking forward to seeing some of you on the road in the autumn. ... See MoreSee Less
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Thu Feb 18th, 2021

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I'm pleased and surprised that we've managed to raise over £2000 in the first 24 hours of the prize raffle for my Gibson 335 semi-acoustic guitar in aid of Stagehand's #ILoveLive campaign, raising money for UK stage crew affected by the pandemic. Thanks to everyone who has chipped inThere's a month to run until the prize draw and the tickets are £5.00 each, so hopefully we can reach our goal of £10,000. Tickets can be purchased here: https://crowdfunder.co.uk/win-billy-bragg-guitar/…Meanwhile, here I am playing the guitar in the Sexuality video ... See MoreSee Less
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