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Billy Bragg

Also known as

Bill Bragg, Steven William Bragg, Bragg, Billy

Musical genres

Alternative rock, Folk rock, Anti-folk, Folk punk

Stephen William Bragg (born 20 December 1957), better known as Billy Bragg, is an English alternative rock musician and left-wing activist. His music blends elements of folk music, punk rock and protest songs, and his lyrics mostly deal with political or romantic themes. His music career has lasted more than 30 years.
Bragg was born in 1957 in Barking, Essex, the son of Dennis Frederick Austin Bragg, an assistant sales manager to a Barking cap and hat maker, and his wife, Marie Victoria D'Urso. Bragg was educated at Barking Abbey Secondary School in Barking.
In 1977, Bragg formed the punk rock/pub rock band Riff Raff, and toured London's pubs and clubs. The band released a series of singles, which did not receive wide exposure. He also worked in Guy Norris Records in Barking. Bragg became disillusioned with his music career, and in May 1981 joined the British Army as a recruit destined for the Queen's Royal Irish Hussars of the Royal Armoured Corps. After three months, he bought his way out of the army for £175 and returned home, having attended basic training but having never served in a regiment as a soldier.
Bragg began performing frequent concerts and busking around London,

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  • Billy Bragg & Wilco
  • Billy Bragg and The Blokes
  • Billy Bragg & The Neurotics
  • Billy Bragg and Cara Tivey
  • Billy Bragg & The Red Stars
  • Billy Bragg and Eliza Carthy
  • Sid Griffin and Billy Bragg
  • Riff Raff
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