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Six Things with Billy Bragg

April 24, 2018 | by Hannah Marshall

Tags: Six Things, billy bragg, skiffle

We recently took Billy Bragg on a recce to Camden to peruse the offering in the wonderful independent record shop Sounds That Swing. We then challenged Billy, whose book Roots, Radicals and Rockers is out in paperback this month, to select his six essential skiffle-records for our regular feature, Six Things. Here is his joyful and sometimes surprising half-dozen.

WATCH Billy Bragg’s Six Things

Here’s his selection in simple list-form:

Coffee Bar Session (The Vipers Skiffle Group)
The Johnny Burnette Trio Volume II
The Great Gospel Singing of The Louvin Brothers
Dust Bowl Ballads Sung by Woody Guthrie
Brand New Cadillac (Vince Taylor and his Playboys)

WIN Billy’s Roots, Radicals and Rockers record selection

Faber Social are offering one lucky person the chance to WIN all six of Billy’s records (the very same records as seen in the film) plus a copy of the book. To enter, watch Billy Bragg’s Six Things and then answer the following question:

Which artist does Billy say is the connection between skiffle and The Clash? 

Answers to by 12 noon on Wednesday 23 May 2018. Please make sure ‘Billy Bragg competition’ is the subject line of your email. Competition only open to residents in the UK and Republic of Ireland.


Roots Radicals and Rockers is available to buy in paperback now. 

Visit Sounds That Swing, 88 Parkway, Camden Town, London, NW1 7AN or shop online here.


Roots Radicals Rockers cover image

Roots, Radicals and Rockers

Billy Bragg

Roots, Radicals & Rockers: How Skiffle Changed the World is the first book to explore this phenomenon in depth – a meticulously researched and joyous account that explains how skiffle…