Billy Bragg Quotes


18 Billy Bragg quotes:



"Being spokesman for a generation is the worst job I ever had."
"All musicians start out with ideals but hanging on to them in the face of media scrutiny takes real integrity. Tougher still is to live up to the ideals of your dedicated fans."
"An isolationist America is no bloody use to anyone."
"But, in the end, even a song that's as politically bland as Blowin in the Wind, you probably wouldn't get up and sing that now, whereas some of Bob Dylan's love songs that were contemporary with that, like say Girl from the North Country, you can still get up an play now."
"By the end of the miner's strike I was defining myself as a socialist, clued in and looking for the next opportunity to defeat the Tories."
"By the time I was 19, punk had occurred. It had a completely different cultural dynamic to it which rejected everything and started again from the year zero."
"I came into this whole business by going to see Rock Against Racism gigs with the Clash."
"I enjoyed so much working with the guys from Wilco, and riffing off of them, and having someone come up to me with ideas, because normally in the studio it's me who has to come up with all the ideas."
"I try and write honestly about what I see around me now."
"I'm trying to make a case for those people who don't have a sense of belonging that they should have, that there is something really worthwhile in having a sense of belonging, and recasting and looking at our modern history."
"In that sense, I became politicized because the people in the coal mining villages who were involved in the struggle knew why they were there. But they couldn't understand why some pop star from London would want to be there."
"It's not a very popular subject amongst my audience, who are by nature more internationalist, but I don't choose what to write about, I don't choose my subjects, they kind of choose me."
"Most of the people that I went to school with - I went to secondary school - we were educated to go and work in the line at Ford's, and if we were lucky, technical skilled labor. I sort of rejected that, and thought I wanted to do something else."
"My upbringing was very straightforward suburban working class upbringing."
"That taught me one lesson which is that you're naive to believe that bands can change the world. Bands are very naive to think that just if their audience thinks that they can change the world, that they can. That was quite a lesson for my career, really."
"The most important thing for anyone, I think, is to be engaged, whether you're an artist or a journalist is to be engaged in the process at some level."
"There are quite a few honest songwriters out there writing about relationships and their own personality traits. But for some reason, once they step out of the bedroom, their honesty doesn't seem to come with them."
"Were it not for the Clash, punk would have been just a sneer, a safety pin and a pair of bondage trousers."



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