Billy Bragg

singer, musician

Stephen William Bragg, known as Billy Bragg (born December 20, 1957) is an English musician known for his blend of folk, punk-rock, and protest music, and his poetic lyrics dealing with political as well as romantic themes.


  • Our enemy really isn't capitalism, it's cynicism. That's one the things I learned from Woody (Guthrie)... Not to be cynical... That cynicism... It destroys you, it rots you away from the inside. So that sense of optimism and humanity... which 20 years ago I would have called socialism but now I'll call compassion... You know, that idea is still out there and alive and if you can plug into that and encourage that it makes it all worth while.
    • From Curtis, Hillman, MTIV, Process, Inspiration and Practice for the New Media Designer (Indianapolis: New Riders, 2002), page 221.
  • A patriot is someone who cares what happens in their country.
    • Spoken during an interview on CBC Radio One on the 17th of November 2006.

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