Beatles, Something About the Beatles, #119: Skiffle, The…

Beatles, Something About the Beatles, #119: Skiffle, The Beatles, and Billy Bragg

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For too many years, the role of Skiffle in The Beatles’ development as artists has been glossed over or diminished. Not anymore: in his new book,

Roots, Radicals and Rockers: How Skiffle Changed the World, singer/songwriter/activist Billy Bragg presents an examination of the musical and sociological history of skiffle – where it came from; what it meant to a generation in post-war Britain, and how it paved the way for the British Invasion – while also restoring Lonnie Donegan to his rightful place as a true cultural revolutionary.

In this episode, Robert and Richard host this special guest, discussing his book as well as his recent release, Shine A Light – a collection of railroad songs recorded on the road across the US.

The Shine A Light project:

http://shinealight-joehenry.billybragg.co.uk/

 For more on Billy: http://www.billybragg.co.uk/

Find Richard’s books here.

Find Robert’s books here.

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