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Bureau of Lost Culture: The Lost History of Skiffle with Billy Bragg (31/01/2021)

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BILLY BRAGG pays a visit to the Bureau to give us a whirlwind tour through the music that the counterculture forgot.
Along the way we hear about the emergence of The Teenager in post-war Britain, the massive impact of Rock Around the Clock, the Soho espresso bar culture of the 50s and the birth of British youth culture.

We explore why Skiffle,which soundtracked that youth culture for a few intense years and was the inspiration for musicians in The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, The Who and the Rolling Stones, has been strangely forgotten. And Billy explains why, as the first DIY musical revolution, Skiffle provided the template for the Punk movement of the 70s that was to inspire him.

Along the way, we get educated about the post war trad jazz movement, the cultural stranglehold of the BBC – and the transformatory power of a guy – or a girl – with a guitar.

For more on Billy and his book Roots, Radicals and Rockers: shorturl.at/iknMN

Billys Top Five Skiffle Tunes: shorturl.at/lrtET

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