‘If I were you, I’d just go home and enjoy my garden.’
Bragg always had a knack for exposing the often-unseen trials and burdens that come with being a woman in modern society
Billy travelled through the American midwest with fellow singer-songwriter Joe Purdy, tracing the legendary Rock Island Line railroad for it’s starting point in Illinois to Pine Bluff, Arkansas, where the song of that name was first collected from inmates at the Cummins Prison Farm by John Lomax and Lead Belly in 1934. On the way, Billy and Joe found time to play a pop-up benefit for the people of Ferguson.
The Taylor Swift controversy continues, and there’s not a day that passes when Taylor and her decision to remove her songs from Spotify isn’t not commented by somebody… if Dave Grohl ‘doesn’t fucking care’ about the whole deal — but his comment is not really relevant to anything — Billy Bragg has now shared his…
“A number of people said to me on Twitter, if you’re going to go to St Lou, are you going to go to Ferguson? But we didn’t want to just go there and walk through Ferguson and be tourists. We wanted to do something for the community.”
You can draw a straight line between Joe Strummer through to Billy Bragg, father and son, white riot to spy vs spy, but you can’t continue the line to Frank Turner and we shall not overcome