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Roots, Radicals and Rockers: How Skiffle Changed the World Paperback – 5 Apr 2018

4.9 out of 5 stars 51 customer reviews

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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; Main edition (5 April 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780571327751
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571327751
  • ASIN: 0571327753
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 51 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,733 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Roots, Radicals and Rockers is full of fascinating digressions but it also traces the grand sweep of an unfurling counterculture, from its politics to its music. With an archivist's sense of mission, a musician's knowledge and a fan's joy, Bragg performs a real national service: illuminating a moment all too easily lost. (Sunday Times)

A first-rate work of history. (Financial Times)

With music acting as a centrepiece, Bragg adroitly links the changes in films, politics, television and teenage life as he proceeds . . . Impressive and puts one "in-the-room" throughout. (Mojo)

Billy Bragg has a long-standing interest in [skiffle], and his passion for those early days of frantic strumming and washboard-driven rhythms is clear throughout his eloquent and thoroughly researched book (Spectator)

Deeply researched . . . Bragg is an evangelic guide. (Mail on Sunday)

A revelatory and energetic study of skiffle music that makes the case that it was a vital staging post for British pop and rock (Sunday Times 'Books for the Beach')

Peopled with great characters and crammed with vignettes of bracingly different times. (New Statesman)

Anyone wanted to further understand the origins of the Beatles' sound must add this work to their library. (Something Else Reviews)

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Billy Bragg charts the history, impact and legacy of skiffle - Britain's first indigenous pop movement.

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