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Bragg brewing up another storm

He’s back. Six years have passed since the last album from Billy Bragg, but next month will see his new album, Mr Love & Justice, arrive in shops and download outlets. Not that Bragg has been idle since releasing England, …

Fri, Jan 11, 2008, 09:22

   

He’s back. Six years have passed since the last album from Billy Bragg, but next month will see his new album, Mr Love & Justice, arrive in shops and download outlets.

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Not that Bragg has been idle since releasing England, Half English in 2002. He forced MySpace to review their terms and conditions of use after noting some ambiguous legal clauses.

He established the Jail Guitar Doors initiative to buy instruments for prisoners in UK jails. Bragg marked his 50th birthday last December with a performance and public interview at London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall. And he’s seen a host of new-school acts like Jamie T, Hard-Fi and Kate Nash acknowledge his influence on their music.

Mr Love & Justice, which features a guest appearance from Robert Wyatt, will be released on Cooking Vinyl on February 29th.