Roots, radicals and rockers : how skiffle changed the world

by Bragg, Billy,

Format: Print Book 2017
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Against a backdrop of Cold War politics, rock and roll riots and a newly assertive generation of working-class youth, the songwriter and political activist Billy Bragg charts the history, impact and legacy of skiffle - Britain's first indigenous pop movement.
Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "In his first book, musician, left-wing activist, and sonic archivist Bragg has crafted a remarkable history of skiffle, a particularly British music genre. Initiated by amateur players obsessed with the blues, jazz, and folk, skiffle lured teenagers obsessed with all things American and eager to dance away post-WWII conformity and deprivation. With a DIY ethos and three-chord tunes, skiffle inspired a generation of British lads to pick up guitars, including among them Mick Jagger, Paul McCartney, Jimmy Page, and a young extraterrestrial who would later take the name "David Bowie." Roughly a cross between folk and R&B, skiffle quickly succumbed to the other two genres and faded from the charts, even as its former disciples led the British Invasion. Bragg impresses throughout with engaging prose and painstaking research. He further enlivens the text with personal insights and witty asides that give the material a unique cast few professional writers would dare. The introduction of dozens of new figures in the last third of the book diffuses the narrative but that's a minor demerit to an accomplished work. Ending with a flourish, Bragg convincingly argues for the emotional connection between skiffle and punk rock, something Bragg would know about better than most. (July) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Skiffle -- Great Britain -- History.
Popular music -- Great Britain -- History.
Publisher London :Faber & Faber,2017
Language English
Description xv, 431 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 411-414) and index.
ISBN 9780571327744
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