Billy Bragg

Not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Eligible since: 2008 (The 2009 Induction Ceremony)

Previously Considered? No  what's this?

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A New England (1983)

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Will Billy Bragg be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
"Musical excellence is the essential qualification for induction."


21 comments so far (post your own)


Posted by Jason on Saturday, 05.26.07 @ 14:07pm

In my personal opinion Billy is on the same level as Bob Dylan & Woody Guthrie. He is one of our only modern political folk singers. I wish him luck.

Posted by Richie Riot on Friday, 10.12.07 @ 18:33pm

Billy Bragg definitely deserves to be on the Hall of Fame. His songwriting skills aren't limited to politics - he's hard to describe, but his songs reach and teach about all facets of life. If you've never heard of Billy, do yourself a favor and find his music - both early and later work.

Posted by Don on Thursday, 12.27.07 @ 19:32pm

This will never, ever, ever happen, but I'm clicking yes because he's so cool, in a working-class poet kinda way.

Posted by Liam on Monday, 04.7.08 @ 15:59pm

He's a bore and a drag.

HoF - please!

Posted by Dameon on Tuesday, 04.8.08 @ 09:13am

I'm not surprised you don't get him, GnR boy.

Posted by Liam on Tuesday, 04.8.08 @ 09:32am

I am going to assume that this is an attempt at sarcasm and humor. You know us colonists still don't get all that dry Brit humor.

Posted by Dameon on Tuesday, 04.8.08 @ 09:47am

Billy Bragg is way, way, way, way, way too UK-centric for you to get him. He's a poet.

Posted by Liam on Tuesday, 04.8.08 @ 09:49am

"I'm clicking yes because he's so cool, in a working-class poet kinda way." -Liam

Innovated what and influenced who?

Posted by mel on Tuesday, 04.8.08 @ 10:02am

He brought elements of english folk into the punk rock/post-punk movement of the late '70s and '80s.

He has, like Robyn Hitchcock, a very large influence on alot alot of contemporary folk and twee groups and singer/song-writers - Wilco, Colin Meloy, The Decemberists, Belle and Sebastien and many others.

Try AMG if you don't know him.

Posted by Liam on Tuesday, 04.8.08 @ 10:16am

Billy Bragg is way, way, way, way, way too UK-centric for you to get him. He's a poet. - Liam

Thank G*d! Keep him on your side of the pond. I think I prefer fighting with you on the merits of Hair Bands.

Liam - Don't you ever study for your classes? This world needs more scientists, not more music critics.

Posted by Dameon on Tuesday, 04.8.08 @ 10:42am

I've already said - it's the holidays.

Posted by Liam on Tuesday, 04.8.08 @ 10:48am

Liam - what can you tell me about a band from Liverpool called the "Clinic". I know they have released 4 or 5 albums.

Posted by Dameon on Tuesday, 04.8.08 @ 10:51am

They're just called Clinic. They're sort of art-punk. Think The V.U. in a more contemporary context, except not as good. I'm not a big fan.

Posted by Liam on Tuesday, 04.8.08 @ 11:20am

Thank you!

I've already said - it's the holidays.- Liam

If you are on Spring Holiday, then what the hell are you doing home by your computer. Get on a plane and go someplace where the beers are cold, the sun is shiny and hot and the bikini's are shinier and the ladies are hotter. I guarantee you will forget all about Billy Bragg.

Posted by Dameon on Tuesday, 04.8.08 @ 11:25am

I'm going away in the summer, and I don't have the money to go abroad twice. I could go down to the coast, but the weather around here isn't good enough for it to be worth going.

Posted by Liam on Tuesday, 04.8.08 @ 11:41am

Billy Bragg's songwriting is smart, funny, angry, heart-breaking, and most important, very human. I'm sure his politics will turn off some listeners, but I've always thought that I'd rather hear bad politics from a great artist than great politics from a bad artist any day of the week. The important thing is that he shares his point of view so honestly and cleverly (anyway, I agree with a reasonable percent of his politics). There are artists already in the Hall whose quality is dwarfed by Bragg.

Posted by Jack on Friday, 09.12.08 @ 07:34am

I totally agree that he deserves to get in--and also that he's much too European to even be considered. He's had a tremendous influence on the British scene, from the Brits I've talked to. But much of his music is too distinctly British. Even songs like "Help Save the Youth of America," reflect a style and attitude no American act would echo.

Most Americans know him in a "yeah I've heard of him, I think he's cool but I'm not really sure what he did" way. I'd've been in that category myself if I hadn't seen him live.

Posted by Art on Sunday, 04.4.10 @ 13:09pm

I wish the recognize,excuse my english, of Billy .I remember when i listened for the first time this artist ,the song was LEVI STUBB´s TEARS on Fluminense Radio ,the year was 1984, i remember this ,Brasil was in a bad political moment ,we were fighting for freedon ,and the music was a light in the end of the tunnel and BILLY BRAGG made part of this... FROM BRASIL WITH PRIDE!

Posted by luiz carlos from Brazil on Sunday, 01.16.11 @ 11:10am

Yeah I'd put him in. I'm not going to hold my breathe though, as I bet Jann Wenner & Co. don't even know who he is.

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Wednesday, 03.16.11 @ 02:09am

Bragg's not particularly well-known in the U.S., but he deserves universal acclaim. His songs sympathetically examine all aspects of our lives: love, beliefs, needs, and maturation. As a young artist, he distilled rock and roll to its core, recording and performing with just his voice and an electric guitar -- and masterfully pulling off that difficult feat. Bragg is a music historian as well, having just written the definitive history of Skiffle, the English launching pad for the artists who became the British Invasion From his Punk roots, Bragg has gone on to interpret many of R&R's forms. But to get Bragg you must read his work, which considers what music is about and how to craft and present songs that will touch people's lives. He's one of a kind.

Posted by Matt, an old Cleveland boy on Tuesday, 01.9.18 @ 21:44pm

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