Billy Bragg says he initially pursued songwriting as a way to escape working in the local car factory. Andy Whale/Courtesy of Faber & Faber hide caption

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Billy Bragg On Skiffle, The Movement That Brought Guitar To British Radio

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Billy Bragg and Joe Henry on World Cafe

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Billy Bragg, Janis Ian, José González

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Newport Folk Festival Preview: Wilco, My Morning Jacket, tUnE-yArDs, More

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Hear An Interview With Newport Folk Festival Producer Jay Sweet

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Billy Bragg On Mountain Stage

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Billy Bragg: Tiny Desk Concert

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Billy Bragg On World Cafe

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Billy Bragg in Concert on Mountain Stage - 11/27/2008

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California Dreaming Winner: An L.A. Sound-Song

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New Music: Lyrics Born, Billy Bragg and More

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Billy Bragg, In a Retrospective Mood

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Billy Bragg in Studio on World Cafe - 04/20/2006

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Box Set Features Political Stockpile of Billy Bragg

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Billy Bragg performs at the Jail Guitar Doors USA launch party, held on the night after the visit to Travis County Correctional Complex. Shantel Mitchell for NPR hide caption

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In A Texas Jail, An Exclusive SXSW Concert

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