ROOTS, RADICALS & ROCKERS by Billy Bragg (Paperback Book)
SKIFFLE PARTY Music CD
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ROOTS, RADICALS & ROCKERS
by Billy Bragg
A Rough Trade, Mojo and FT Book of the Year.
Billy Bragg charts the history, impact and legacy of skiffle – Britain’s first indigenous pop movement.
Emerging from the jazz clubs of the 1950s, skiffle caused a sensation among a generation of kids who had grown up during the dreary post-war years, teenagers were looking for a style of music of their own. Against a backdrop of Cold War politics, rock’n’roll riots and a newly assertive working-class youth, Billy Bragg charts – for the first time in depth – the history, impact and legacy of a movement that sparked a revolution and shaped pop culture. The golden generation of British rockers all started out in skiffle groups. Paul McCartney first saw John Lennon leading skiffle group the Quarrymen at a church fête in the summer of 1957. Skiffle’s leading light, Lonnie Donegan, was British but found a way of playing American. Van Morrison recalls, “People trying to copy Elvis had no chance… but Donegan made it possible to go through that door.”
“Roots, Radicals and Rockers … traces the grand sweep of an unfurling counter-culture, 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 national service: illuminating a moment all too easily lost.” SUNDAY TIMES
SKIFFLE PARTY MUSIC CD
60 Tracks on 3 CDs
Inspired by Billy Bragg’s book, Roots, Radicals and Rockers, this 60 track 3-CD set traces this influential form of music popular in Britain in the 50s.
Virtually all of the tracks discussed in Bragg’s book are included.
Disc 1 Lonnie Donegan Skiffle Group – Rock Island Line / Johnny Duncan & The Bluegrass Boys – Last Train To San Fernando / Ken Colyer’s Skiffle Group With Alexis Korner – KC Moan / Vipers – Don’t You Rock Me Daddy O / Chris Barber’s Skiffle Group and Dickie Bishop – Gypsy Dave / City Ramblers Skiffle Group – 900 Miles / The Chas McDevitt Skiffle Group featuring Nancy Whiskey – Green Back Dollar / Peggy Seeger Group – Sail Away Lady / Lonnie Donegan – John Henry / Beryl Bryden’s Backroom Skiffle – Casey Jones / Johnny Parker’s Washboard Band – No.69 / Alan Lomax & The Ramblers – Railroad Man / Ken Colyer’s Skiffle Group with Alexis Korner – Down By The Riverside / Chris Barber Skiffle Group – Doin’ My Time / Alexis Korner’s Skiffle Group – I Ain’t Gonna Worry No More / Jimmy Miller and the Barbecues – Sizzlin’ Hot / The Vipers Skiffle Group – Maggie May / Avon Cities Skiffle Group – Fisherman Blues / Johnny Duncan and his Blue Grass Boys – Blue Blue Heartache / Bob Wallis’ Washboard Beaters – It’s Tight Like That
Disc 2 Chas Mcdevitt/Nancy Whiskey – Freight Train / Lonnie Donegan – Cumberland Gap / Bob Cort Skiffle Group – Six-Five Special / The Vipers Skiffle Group – Streamline Train / The Vipers Skiffle Group – If I Had A Hammer / Ken Colyer Skiffle Group – Down Bound Train / City Ramblers Skiffle Group – Careless Love / Johnny Duncan and his Blue Grass Boys – Freight Train Blues / Lorrae Desmond and her Rebels – Preacher Preacher / 219 Skiffle Group – Tom Dooley / Les Hobeaux Skiffle Group – Oh, Mary, Don’t You Weep / Lonnie Donegan – Worried Man Blues / Ken Colyer’s Skiffle Group – Sporting Life / The Vipers Skiffle Group – Wanderin’ / Chris Barber Skiffle Group – Where Would I Go / Alan Lomax And The Ramblers – Hard Case / Lonnie Donegan – Stewball / Jimmy Miller And The Barbecues – Free Wheelin’ Baby / The Delta Skiffle Group – Open The Pearly Gates / City Ramblers Skiffle Group – Boodle Am Shake
Disc 3 Lonnie Donegan – Putting On The Style / Chris Barber Skiffle Group – Can’t You Line ’Em / Avon Cities Skiffle Feat. Ray Rush – This Little Light of Mine / Alexis Korner’s Breakdown Group – Roundhouse Stomp / The Ken Colyer Skiffle Group – This Train / The Vipers Skiffle Group – Railroad Steamboat / Lonnie Donegan Skiffle Group – Midnight Special / Johnny Duncan & The Bluegrass Boys – Get Along Home Cindy / Chas McDevitt Skiffle Group – New Orleans (The House of the Rising Sun) / City Ramblers Skiffle Group – Good Morning Blues / Les Hobeaux Skiffle Group – Mama Don’t Allow / Avon Cities Skiffle Feat. Ray Rush – Green Corn / The Ken Colyer Skiffle Group – House Rent Stomp / Lonnie Donegan Skiffle Group – Bring A Little Water Sylvie / Johnny Duncan & The Bluegrass Boys – Footprints In The Snow / The Vipers Skiffle Group – John B. Sails / Jimmy Jackson’s Rock ‘N’ Skiffle – I Shall Not Be Moved / Betty Smith’s Skiffle Group – There’s A Blue Ridge Round My Heart, Virginia / 219 Skiffle Group – Union Maid / The Delta Skiffle Group – Skip To My Lou