Billy Bragg : Still Suitable for Miners - The Official Biography
He was a punk. He was a soldier. He was a flag-waver for the Labour Party. He is Billy Bragg, best known as a passionate political songwriter and urbane folk singer, but equally admired for his offbeat love songs. Billy Bragg is a British institution who never went out of fashion (he was never in fashion in the first place). In America he was chosen as the spiritual heir to legendary protest singer Woody Guthrie, beating rival claims from the likes of Bob Dylan and Neil Young. In the UK he surfaced on current affairs TV programmes during the 2001 election dressed as a Roman legionary advocating tactical voting to keep the Tories out. Billy Bragg is a one-off and Still Suitable for Miners is his official story, a portrait of a peerless entertainer and a fearless campaigner growing up in Britain in the years after rock 'n' roll. The book includes childhood photos and previously unseen images from Billy's personal archive.
- Paperback | 304 pages
- 148.6 x 214.1 x 18.5mm | 358.34g
- 01 Mar 2002
- Ebury Publishing
- Virgin Books
- London, United Kingdom
- 2nd Revised edition
- Illustrations, ports.
"* 'A good, enthralling, recommended read' Folk Roots * 'Essential reading for anyone who thinks that pop music is either a redundant or a toothless art form.' The Irish Times
About Andrew Collins
Andrew Collins is one of the best-known and respected music journalists in the UK. He began his career at weekly music journal NME, where he rose to features editor, before leaving to edit the prestigious monthly title Q for two years. He has also edited film monthly Empire. He won a Sony Radio Award in 1995 for his Radio 1 music/comedy programme Collins and Maconie's Hit Parade and was nominated for a Writers Guild Award for his radio comedy drama Fantastic Voyage.