As part of Summer of Love: Revisited, Classic Album Sundays’ Colleen Murphy and Billy Bragg discuss the history, impact and legacy of skiffle, Britain’s first indigenous pop movement, and how it inspired the British artists who would later steer Sixties counter-culture. Billy will also be signing his new book, Roots, Radicals and Rockers; How Skiffle Changed the World, which will be available to purchase on site.
Featured artists will include Lead Belly, Woody Guthrie, Lonnie Donegan, Ewan MacColl, Alan Lomax, Chas McDevitt and Peggy Seeger. Music from these revolutionary artists will be played on vinyl on the CAS audiophile hi-fi, featuring Audio Note UK and Klipschorns.
Billy Bragg’s most famous song claims he doesn’t want to change the world and he’s not looking for a new England, yet he has spent the past 35 years doing exactly that. Songwriter, activist, commentator, author – he has taken every opportunity to put his ideas across to a wider audience.
His most recent book, Roots, Radicals and Rockers sets out to put 50s DIY roots music phenomenon skiffle into its proper cultural context, arguing that that it should be given the same respect as the punk rock that flourished in the same Soho clubs twenty years later.
8:40pm album introduction and replay
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- This event has unreserved cabaret-style seating, and you may be asked to share a table
- Entry via Door 12
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Classic Album Sundays is one of the most popular and respected music listening experiences, allowing music fans to get as close as possible to the artist’s original intent. Attendees hear the intriguing story behind an album or song that was a cultural milestone, before kicking back to listen to the record on a world-class audiophile hi-fi system. These immersive listening sessions are a transformative and inspirational shared experience, reminding people what they love about music.
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