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Ode to Skiffle Billy Bragg restores a forgotten musical genre to its proper place in history

IN THEIR WORDS

BILLY BRAGG IS OFTEN labeled a protest singer. He has, after all, frequently used his gift for poetic storytelling to campaign for left-wing causes. And in 1998, Nora Guthrie, daughter of American working-class champion Woody Guthrie, asked him to put her father’s unrecorded lyrics to music for a series of commemorative albums. The 60-year-old musician from Essex, England, however, prefers to use the moniker “topical songwriter.”

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