Billy Bragg, the English singer, songwriter and left-wing activist, blends folk, punk and protest music with lyrics that address political and romantic themese. Forming the punk rock band Riff Raff in 1977 and touring London pubs and venues, the band did not receive wide exposure from singles that were released, leading Bragg to become disillusioned with his music career. In 1981 he joined the British Army but after three months, bought his way out of the army for £175 and returned home, having never served in a regiment as a soldier. From there, Bragg made music his career.
For more than three decades since, Billy Bragg has had milestones including
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