Legendary musician, activist, and sonic archivist Billy Bragg comes back to KEXP for this evening occasioned by publication of his book, Roots, Radicals & Rockers: How Skiffle Changed the World (Faber & Faber). Skiffle is a music genre rooted in Britain in the 1950s, coming out of World War II, and blending elements of jazz, blues, and folk.
“In his first book, musician, left-wing activist, and sonic archivist Bragg has crafted a remarkable history of skiffle, a particularly British music genre. Initiated by amateur players obsessed with the blues, jazz, and folk, skiffle lured teenagers obsessed with all things American and eager to dance away post-WWII conformity and deprivation…Ending with a flourish, Bragg convincingly argues for the emotional connection between skiffle and punk rock, something Bragg would know about better than most.” - Publishers Weekly.
Presented by KEXP 90.3 FM. Free admission.