Stephen William Bragg, 20 December 1957, Barking, Essex, England. Popularly known as The Bard Of Barking (or variations of), Bragg is generally regarded as one of the most committed left-wing political performers working in popular music.
After forming the ill-fated punk group Riff Raff in 1977, which released a number of singles in the late 70s, Bragg briefly joined the British Army (Royal Armoured Corps) in May 1981, before buying his way out with what he later described as the most wisely spent £175 of his life. Between time working in a record store and absorbing his new-found love of the blues and protest genre, he launched himself on a solo musical career. Armed with guitar, amplifier and voice, Bragg undertook a maverick tour of the concert halls of Britain, ready at a moments notice to fill in as support for almost any act. He confounded the local youth with what would usually be a stark contrast to the music...
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