Stephen William Bragg is a British singer, songwriter, and political activist born on 20 Dec. 1957 in Barking, England. He is more famous as Billy Bragg and his protest songs are very effective among the youth.
Billy Bragg is the son of Dennis Frederick Austin Bragg died of lung cancer in 1976 while his mother Marie Victoria D’Urso in 2011.
Bragg failed in the eleventh plus grade, but he didn’t give up instead he went with his interest and he put all his energy into learning and practicing guitar.
Billy Bragg was influenced by English rock band The Clash. He created punk rock/pub rock band with Wiggy in 1977 but they failed to receive higher exposure. they returned to Barking and separated in 1980 after They did not perform well in Northamptonshire and London.
Billy Bragg knows the power of words hence always influence people to stand with truth and protest against false mentality.
He always stands with truth and he has released many albums such as Life’s a Riot with Spy Vs. Spy (1983), William Bloke (1996), and Workers Playtime (1988).
Billy Bragg quotes are quite famous around the world to seek inspiration.
Top 41 Billy Bragg quotes are
1. “I try and write honestly about what I see around me now.” – Billy Bragg
2. “My theory is this; I’m not a political songwriter. I’m an honest songwriter.” – Billy Bragg
3. “Were it not for the Clash, punk would have been just a sneer, a safety pin and a pair of bondage trousers.” – Billy Bragg
4. “We read our own political content into The Clash, and they accepted it.” – Billy Bragg
5. “Being spokesman for a generation is the worst job I ever had.” – Billy Bragg
6. “All musicians start out with ideals but hanging on to them in the face of media scrutiny takes real integrity. Tougher still is to live up to the ideals of your dedicated fans.” – Billy Bragg
7. “All the great political music was made at the height of political confrontations.” – Billy Bragg
8. “Even with politics, stuff comes around again. Woody Guthrie would recognize America today.” – Billy Bragg
9. “I came into this whole business by going to see Rock Against Racism gigs with the Clash.” – Billy Bragg
10. “My upbringing was very straightforward suburban working class upbringing.” – Billy Bragg
11. “An isolationist America is no bloody use to anyone.” – Billy Bragg
12. “Even with politics, stuff comes around again. Woody Guthrie would recognize America today.” – Billy Bragg
13. “Most of the people that I went to school with – I went to secondary school – we were educated to go and work in the line at Ford’s, and if we were lucky, technical skilled labor. I sort of rejected that, and thought I wanted to do something else.” – Billy Bragg
14. “I’m still batting away on my politics for the Labour Party. I’m much further to the left of them than I used to be, but that’s because they’ve moved, not me.” – Billy Bragg
15. “There is no real substitute For a ball struck squarely and firmly.” – Billy Bragg
16. “Traditionally, the Tories have regarded the rights of others as placing an unneccessary restrictions on their own freedom.” – Billy Bragg
17. “Capitalism is like fire: keep it under control and it will give you heat and light; leave it untended and it will consume everything in its path.” – Billy Bragg
18. “A virtue never tested is no virtue at all.” – Billy Bragg
19. “Freedom is merely privilege extended Unless enjoyed by one and all.” – Billy Bragg
20. “If no one seems to understand start your own revolution and cut out the middleman.” – Billy Bragg
21. “By the time I was 19, punk had occurred. It had a completely different cultural dynamic to it which rejected everything and started again from the year zero.” – Billy Bragg
22. “You can experience a download, but you can’t download an experience.” – Billy Bragg
23. “Money maketh man a tory, don’t fire that assumption at me, I like toast as much as anyone but not for breakfast, dinner and tea.” – Billy Bragg
24. “If you thought the army was here protecting people like yourself, I’ve some news for you, we’re here to defend wealth.” – Billy Bragg
25. “I’m celebrating my love for you with a pint of beer and a new tattoo.” – Billy Bragg
26. “That taught me one lesson which is that you’re naive to believe that bands can change the world. Bands are very naive to think that just if their audience thinks that they can change the world, that they can. That was quite a lesson for my career, really.” -Billy Bragg
27. “A nation with their freezers full are dancing in their seats, while outside another nation is sleeping in the streets.” – Billy Bragg
28. “A song is like a newspaper. It’s capable of carrying a number of different messages. Some of them are advertisers, some of them are editorial, some of them are reportage, some of them are sport. So, as a songwriter you can use any of those.” – Billy Bragg
30. “Welcome to what we’re calling ‘I’ll Be Your Bobby Tonight’.” – Billy Bragg
31. “There are quite a few honest songwriters out there writing about relationships and their own personality traits. But for some reason, once they step out of the bedroom, their honesty doesn’t seem to come with them.” – Billy Bragg
32. “The most important thing for anyone, I think, is to be engaged, whether you’re an artist or a journalist is to be engaged in the process at some level.” – Billy Bragg
33. “I’m trying to make a case for those people who don’t have a sense of belonging that they should have, that there is something really worthwhile in having a sense of belonging, and recasting and looking at our modern history.” – Billy Bragg
34. “I’ve had songs written during the Falklands war, and during the first Gulf war I got letters from soldiers saying they were listening to these songs, like Island of no return.” – Billy Bragg
35. “I was in a little punk band and we put out a few punk records that weren’t very political, at all.” – Billy Bragg
36. “So, in some ways, the political songs tend to be a bit more like reportage, whereas the love songs tend to be like novels, you can pick them up off the shelf and go into them any time.” – Billy Bragg
37. “I enjoyed so much working with the guys from Wilco, and riffing off of them, and having someone come up to me with ideas, because normally in the studio it’s me who has to come up with all the ideas.” – Billy Bragg
38. “In that sense, I became politicized because the people in the coal mining villages who were involved in the struggle knew why they were there. But they couldn’t understand why some pop star from London would want to be there.” – Billy Bragg
39. “It’s not a very popular subject amongst my audience, who are by nature more internationalist, but I don’t choose what to write about, I don’t choose my subjects, they kind of choose me.” – Billy Bragg
40. “Peace, bread, work, and freedom is the best we can achieve.” – Billy Bragg
41. “War what is it good for? It’s good for business.” – Billy Bragg
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