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Roots, Radicals and Rockers: How Skiffle Changed the World - Billy Bragg

Roots, Radicals and Rockers: How Skiffle Changed the World - Billy Bragg
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Title: Roots, Radicals and Rockers

Author:  Billy Bragg

ISBN:  9780571327744

Weight:  949g

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Roots, Radicals and Rockers by Billy Bragg

Roots, Radicals and Rockers: How Skiffle Changed the World is the first book to explore this phenomenon in depth – a meticulously researched and joyous account that explains how skiffle sparked a revolution that shaped pop music as we have come to know it.

It’s a story of jazz pilgrims and blues blowers, Teddy Boys and beatnik girls, coffee-bar bohemians and refugees from the McCarthyite witch-hunts.  Billy traces how the guitar came to the forefront of music in the UK and led directly to the British Invasion of the US charts in the 1960s.

Emerging from the trad-jazz clubs of the early ’50s, skiffle was adopted by kids who grew up during the dreary, post-war rationing years.  These were Britain’s first teenagers, looking for a music of their own in a pop culture dominated by crooners and mediated by a stuffy BBC.  Lonnie Donegan hit the charts in 1956 with a version of ‘Rock Island Line’ and soon sales of guitars rocketed from 5,000 to 250,000 a year.

Like punk rock that would flourish two decades later, skiffle was a do-it-yourself music.  All you needed were three guitar chords and you could form a group, with mates playing tea-chest bass and washboard as a rhythm section.

Peer & Press Reviews

Roots, Radicals and Rockers is full of fascinating digressions but it also traces the grand sweep of an unfurling counterculture, from its politics to its music.  With an archivist’s sense of mission, a musician’s knowledge and a fan’s joy, Bragg performs a real national service: illuminating a moment all too easily lost.

Sunday Times

Writing with an expert practitioner’s appreciation for music, Bragg tells the story of British rock-‘n’-roll’s forerunner with verve and great intelligence.

Kirkus (starred review)

Bragg impresses throughout with engaging prose and painstaking research.  He further enlivens the text with personal insights and witty asides that give the material a unique cast few professional writers would dare.

Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Bibliographic Info

Attribute Details
Title: Roots, Radicals and Rockers
Sub title: How Skiffle Changed the World
Author:
Book Features
Edition / printing: First edition, first printing
Edition features:

The main body of the book is 392 pages, which includes 38 black & white illustrations / images.

The front matter has an additional 8 pages:

Contents [2 pages]
Illustrations [3]
Introduction [3]

The back matter has a further 38 pages:

Acknowledgements [6 pages]
Notes [11]
Bibliography [4]
Index [17]

Overall condition: Fine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed: On the title page
Book Stats
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Publication date:
Printed by: CPI Group (UK) Ltd, Croydon
ISBN 13: 9780571327744
ISBN 10: 0571327745
Format: Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages: 392 [main body]
Size (h x w x d): 241 x 163 x 40mm
Design Credits
Author photograph: Andy Whale
Jacket design: Faber
Jacket image: Trinity Mirror / Mirrorpix / Alamy Stock Photo

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