Billy Bragg Guitar Chords

Billy Bragg

Biography

Finding inspiration in the righteous anger of punk rock and the socially conscious folk tradition of Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan, Billy Bragg was the leading figure of the anti-folk movement of the '80s. For most of the decade, Bragg bashed out songs alone on his electric guitar, singing about politics and love. While his lyrics were bitingly intelligent and clever, they were also warm and humane, filled with detail and wit. Even though his lyrics were carefully considered, Bragg never neglected to write melodies for songs that were strong and memorable. Throughout the '80s, he managed to chart consistently in Britain, yet he only gathered a cult following in America, which could be due to the fact that he sang about distinctly British subject matter, both politically and socially.

Bragg began performing in the late '70s with the punk group Riff Raff, which lasted only a matter of months. He then joined the British Army, yet he quickly bought himself out of his sojourn with £175. After leaving the Army, he began working at a record store; while he was working, he was writing songs that were firmly in the folk and punk protest tradition. Bragg began a British tour, playing whenever he had the chance to perform. Frequently he would open for bands with only a moment's notice; soon, he had built a sizable following, as evidenced by his first EP, Life's a Riot with Spy vs. Spy (1983), hitting number 30 on the U.K. independent charts. Brewing Up with Billy Bragg (1984), his first full-length album, climbed to number 16 in the charts.

During 1984, Bragg became a minor celebrity in Britain, as he appeared at leftist political rallies, strikes, and benefits across the country; he also helped form the "Red Wedge," a socialist musicians' collective that also featured Paul Weller. In 1985, Kirsty MacColl took one of his songs, "New England," to number seven on the British singles chart. Featuring some subtle instrumental additions of piano and horns, 1986's Talking with the Taxman About Poetry reached the U.K. Top Ten.

Bragg's version of the Beatles' "She's Leaving Home," taken from the Sgt. Pepper Knew My Father tribute album, became his only number one single in 1988 -- as the double A-side with Wet Wet Wet's "With a Little Help from My Friends." That year, he also released the EP Help Save the Youth of America and the full-length Workers Playtime, which was produced by Joe Boyd (Fairport Convention, Nick Drake, R.E.M.). Boyd helped expand Bragg's sound, as the singer recorded with a full band for the first time. The following year, Bragg restarted the Utility record label as a way of featuring non-commercial new artists. The Internationale, released in 1990, was a collection of left-wing anthems, including a handful of Bragg originals. On 1991's Don't Try This at Home, he again worked with a full band, recording his most pop-oriented and accessible set of songs; the album featured the hit single, "Sexuality." Bragg took several years off after Don't Try This at Home, choosing to concentrate on fatherhood. He returned in 1996 with William Bloke.

In 1998, he teamed with the American alternative country band Wilco to record Mermaid Avenue, a collection of performances based on unreleased songs originally written by Woody Guthrie. Reaching to the Converted, a collection of rarities, followed a year later, and in mid-2000 Bragg and Wilco reunited for a second Mermaid Avenue set. While touring in support of Mermaid Avenue, Vol. 2, Bragg formed the Blokes in 1999 with Small Faces keyboardist Ian McLagan. Lu Edmonds (guitar), Ben Mandelson (lap steel guitar), Martyn Barker (drums), and Simon Edwards (bass) solidified the group while Bragg moved from London to rural Dorset in early 2001. One year later, the Blokes joined Bragg for England, Half English, his first solo effort since William Bloke.

In 2004, Bragg collaborated with Less Than Jake for "The Brightest Bulb Has Burned Out," a track included on the Rock Against Bush, Vol. 1 compilation. The two-CD Must I Paint You a Picture? The Essential Billy Bragg appeared in 2003 with initial copies featuring a third bonus CD of collectibles and rarities. The Yep Roc label released the box set Volume 1 in 2006. The set included seven CDs and two DVDs of previously unavailable live footage, and the label simultaneously reissued four titles from Bragg's early back catalog in expanded editions. Billy Bragg spent the next year recording in London, Devon, and Lincolnshire, and 2008 saw the release of Mr. Love & Justice, his first solo effort in six years. Although the Blokes served as Bragg's backing band on the album, a limited-edition package also included a second disc comprised of intimate solo recordings. The bare-bones Woody Guthrie-inspired Tooth & Nail arrived in early 2013 and the following year brought the DVD & CD set, Live at the Union Chapel, which included an encore performance of Life's a Riot with Spy vs. Spy in its entirety as a bonus feature.

In the spring of 2016, Bragg teamed up with American singer, songwriter, and producer Joe Henry to make an album of folk songs inspired by the legacy of the American railroad system. Recorded with a portable recording rig while Bragg and Henry rode an Amtrak line from Chicago to Los Angeles, Shine a Light: Field Recordings from the Great American Railroad was released in September 2016, and followed by a joint concert tour. In November 2017, in the wake of the political upheavals brought on by Brexit in the U.K. and the election of Donald Trump in the United States, Bragg released a six-song EP of topical material, Bridges Not Walls. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi
Genres: alternative country, alternative rock, anti-folk, folk, folk punk, folk rock, folk-pop, permanent wave, roots rock, singer-songwriter, traditional folk, uk americana

Guitar Chords:

A13 Trunk Road To The Sea
Accident Waiting To Happen
Airline To Heaven
All You Fascists
A Lover Sings
A New England
A New England (ver. 2)
A New England (ver. 3)
A New England (ver. 4)
At My Window Sad And Lonely
At My Window Sad And Lonely (ver. 2)
Bad Penny
Between The Wars
Between The Wars (ver. 2)
Birds And Ships
Birds And Ships (ver. 2)
Blood Of The Lamb
Brickbat
Bugeye Jim
California Stars
California Stars (ver. 2)
Chain Of Broken Hearts
Cindy Of A Thousand Lives
Days Like These
Dry Bed
Eisler On The Go
Everybody Loves You Babe
Everywhere
Feed Of Man
Full English Brexit
Greetings To The New Brunette
Greetings To The New Brunette (ver. 2)
Handyman Blues
Hard Times Of Old England Retold
Help Save The Youth Of America
Help Save The Youth Of America (ver. 2)
Hesitating Beauty
Honey Im A Big Boy Now
Hoodoo Voodoo
I Aint Got Not Home
I Almost Killed You
Ideology
Ingrid Bergman
Ingrid Bergman (ver. 2)
It Says Here
Jerusalem
Levi Stubbs Tears
Levi Stubbs Tears (ver. 2)
Life With Lions
Life With The Lions
Like Soldiers Do
Listening To The Wind That Blows
Listening To The Wind That Blows (ver. 2)
Little Time Bomb
Lovers Town Revisited
Loving You Too Long
M For Me
Must I Paint You A Picture
My Thirty Thousand
My Youngest Son Came Home Today
Never Buy The Sun
New England
New England (ver. 2)
No One Knows Anyone Anymore
No Power Without Accountability
Northern Industrial Town
Old Clash Fan Fight Song
One By One
One By One (ver. 2)
Only One
Ontario Quebec And Me
Price I Pay
Raglan Road
Railroad Bill
Remember The Mountain Bed
Richard
Rotting On Remand
Rule Nor Reason
Rumours Of War
Saturday Boy
Secret Of The Sea
Secret Of The Sea (ver. 2)
Sexuality
She Came Along To Me
She Came Along To Me (ver. 2)
Shes Got A New Spell
Sin City
Sing Their Souls Back Home
Someday Some Morning Sometime
Spacerace Is Over
Stetson Kennedy
St Swithins Day
Take Down The Union Jack
Take Down The Union Jack (ver. 2)
Talking Wag Club Blues
The Boy Done Good
The Busy Girl Buys Beauty
The Home Front
The Internationale
The Man In The Iron Mask
The Only One
The Passion
The Price I Pay
The Price Of Oil
There Is Power In A Union
There Will Be A Reckoning
The Short Answer
The Short Answer (ver. 2)
The Unwelcome Guest
The Unwelcome Guest (ver. 2)
The Warmest Room
To Have And To Have Not
Upfield
Valentines Day Is Over
Valentines Day Is Over (ver. 2)
Waiting For The Great Leap Forwards
Waiting For The Great Leap Forwards (ver. 2)
Walt Whitmans Niece
Warmest Room
Way Over Yonder In A Minor Key
Way Over Yonder In The Minor Key
Way Over Yonder In The Minor Key (ver. 2)
Way Over Yonder In The Minor Key (ver. 3)
Way Over Yonder In The Minor Key (ver. 4)
Way Over Yonder In The Minor Key (ver. 5)
Where The Roses Are In Bloom
Why We Build The Wall
Wishing The Days Away
World Turned Upside Down
World Turned Upside Down (ver. 2)
You Make Me Brave
You Woke Up My Neighbourhood