Monday, December 20, 2010

Happy 53d Birthday Billy Bragg

How fitting that Billy's birthday comes just a day after that of Phil Ochs. Both are part of a long folk-music tradition of great songwriters, singers, and political activists. Although I do not share Billy's socialist idealism (I've spent too much time studying real socialist systems to have any idealism about socialism), I admire him greatly as a man and as a musician. Billy is also an occasional columnist for The Guardian. Here is a column he wrote last week in praise of the student protests in UK against tuition increases. Below is the wonderful, sad song "Tank Park Salute" from his 1991 album Don't Try This at Home:

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