Video: Billy Bragg
Billy Bragg reads from his new book, A Lover Sings - a selection of his song lyrics which is out today in hardback.
Whether you are new to his writing, or an old fan of his songs from years back, his new book of selected lyrics, A Lover Sings, is an education/re-eduction in the George Orwell school of writing: Never use a long word where a short one will do.
Here he is reading one of his songs "as if it were a poem":
Features poetic songs that skilfully interweave everyday observation with much broader concerns: of fairness and outrage, of generosity and love. This book reveals a sensibility: principled and proudly of the Left, funny, forthright and tender.