Talkin' trash to the garbage around me.

20 March, 2007

Punk Rock Monday

Welcome to PRM: Old Left Edition, featuring renowned British anti-folkie and class-warrior Billy Bragg. My first encounter with Mr. Bragg was in the seventh grade, when ninth graders introduced him to us as a novelty, someone who openly supported communism. It was cool for the shock factor at the time, being the mid-1980s in East Tennessee. I had no idea what the hell he was talking about then.

I was reintroduced to Billy Bragg in college and have since followed his music with sporadic intesity. These days, he's comfort music for my inner-unrepentant Marxist.

"It Says Here," a media critique:

Given the sentiments of the previous song, it would only be fitting to see Mr. Bragg's work used in Trotskyite propaganda films, like say, this one with the "Internationale":

Ah, grad students and their macs.

This Billy Bragg montage is actually pretty well done, and honestly, it tugs a little bit at the old heartstrings - "There Is Power in a Union"



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