One Step Forward, Two Steps Back - Day 1: Current Career Spanning Set
For about four decades Billy Bragg has been a gifted songwriter, an icon of British musical culture and an upstanding socialist. He started out in a punk band at the end of the 70s, before he caused an enormous stir with his first solo album.
As befits a street musician, he stood in the studio with his electric guitar and sang his songs. The raw sound of the staccato chords, the outrageous content, the pure energy of the vocals were so new that the great John Peel did not even notice when he played the music at the wrong tempo in his radio show.