Billy Bragg at Wimborne Literary Festival

When:
May 18, 2018 @ 7:00 pm Europe/London Timezone
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Where:
The Allendale
Hanham Rd
Wimborne BH21 1AS
UK
Cost:
£6
Contact:
Gullivers Bookshop
01202 882677
Billy Bragg at Wimborne Literary Festival @ The Allendale | England | United Kingdom

Roots, Radicals and Rockers – How Skiffle Changed the World

Emerging from the jazz clubs of the early ’50s, skiffle – a uniquely British take on American folk and blues – caused a sensation among a generation of kids who had grown up during the dreary post-war years. These were Britain’s first teenagers, looking for a music of their own in a culture dominated by crooners and mediated by a stuffy BBC. Sales of guitars rocketed from 5,000 to 250,000 a year, and – as with the punk rock that would flourish two decades later – all you needed to know were three chords to form your own group, with your mates accompanying on tea-chest bass and washboard.

Against a backdrop of Cold War politics, rock and roll riots and a newly assertive working-class youth, Billy Bragg charts – for the first time in depth – the history, impact and legacy of Britain’s original pop movement. It’s a story of jazz pilgrims and blues blowers, Teddy Boys and beatnik girls, coffee-bar bohemians and refugees from the McCarthyite witch-hunts, who between them sparked a revolution that shaped pop culture as we have come to know it.

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.

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