- 12 Mar 01
Back with another volume of Woody Guthrie songs, BILLY BRAGG talks to Siobhan Long about supersonic boogie, the act of collaboration and why Tony Blair s Labour Party still has his respect.
Polemicists don t come much more forthright than Billy Bragg. Apart from Woody Guthrie, perhaps. Which must be why they make for such strangely comfortable bedfellows: Bragg, an East Londoner whose brash and combative attitude to Thatcherite politics was one of the few lights at the end of a very dark tunnel during 18 years of Tory rule; Guthrie, the quintessential American folk hero, author of the alternative national anthem, This Land Is Your Land , and spiritual godfather to Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and all who came after them.