Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Billy Bragg: Live in San Francisco (1986)


Y'know, "To Have and Have Not" is one of the most ferocious songs ever written. The song is the essence Bragg's idea that if you play punk rock with the words strong enough, the guitar distorted enough, that a band becomes redundant. It was a fearless and original approach that's really never been tried before or since.



This San Francisco show from 1986 is a little quiet but with 28 songs there's lots of raw Bragg-iness here -including covers of The Buzzcocks, Sam Cooke and The (English) Beat.


Live in San Francisco link is in the comments
as is a re-up let me know if it works!


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    LEAVE US A BRAGG COMMENT, IF YOU PLEASE.





    http://www.mediafire.com/?zxmfzgydezt

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  2. track 4 disc 2 no be extracting, can't open. but am appreciating all the Bragg"ing" you're doing.

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  3. Braggadocious! Thanks Jeffen. He's still pretty cool, but he was on fire back then.

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  4. What Anon said. And it won't work to just re-up track 4; the way my RAR Expander works, anyway, if one track won't expand, the remainder of the file won't either. So in other words, I can't access anything after track 6 in the Berlin show, either. When you get a chance, please re-RAR and re-up both shows? Thanks, man.

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  5. yeah what the popculturist says. please please re-ups and re-rar.

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  6. Stef J., from BordeauxJune 18, 2010 at 3:21 AM

    Hi there. I'm French and one of the (very few) French fans of Billy Bragg.
    I only had the chance to see him live once, back in 1888, in Manchester and it blew my mind away. I was a student back then, and pretended to be a journalist (which I've eventually become) and got my way backstage for an interview. It was great. We talked about football (which I wouldn't do TODAY) and politics, the Red Wedge thing... Great memories. Thanks for your blog, it's wonderful.
    Take care, S.

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  7. No Bragg stories here, but thanks for the music just the same!

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  8. "To Have And To Have Not" was the first Bragg song I wanted to learn to play, but I gave up because I can't sing it with anywhere near the vitriol it requires.

    Thanks for posting these shows.

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  9. Tell me if the new one works (if not I'll try R/S since I opned it up myslef to check the .rar)

    http://www.mediafire.com/?omyzmnojrtm

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  10. I must another one of those few french people who appreciate Billy Bragg (I guess understanding English helps a little!). thanks for this fine show.
    cream Rice

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  11. Stef J
    I imagine that since the words are so important to Bragg songs that that might throw up a language barrier but I'd guess those cracking tunes might go some way towards scaling the barrier.
    Thanks for leaving the memories of what sounds like a great meeting with the man (my own meeting was shorter though it did involve a photo that was kept by an ex).


    Bryn
    Leaving words behind is important - story or no. So, thanks.

    Cream Rice
    Enjoy the show!

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  12. grabbing the new re-up jeffen. to this day i can still remember sitting in my friends basement and him playing me the saturday boy ... back in the day billy had all the words in line.

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  13. found this laying around the internets.

    http://consequenceofsound.net/2010/06/20/rock-history-101-billy-bragg-st-swithins-day/

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  14. Anon
    Thanks

    Anon II
    "Billy had all the words in line" Well-put.

    Anon III
    Great link - thanks.

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  15. Hi,

    I have seen BB quite often live, but I'm really looking forward to have a listen to this one tomorrow on me way to work! Hope the download works ... the comments make me quite nervous!

    Thanks ever so much!

    Dirk from Sexyloser

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  16. Nice work, thanks for sharing

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