For too many years, the role
of Skiffle in The Beatles’ development as artists has been glossed
over or diminished. Not anymore: in his new book,
Roots, Radicals and Rockers:
How Skiffle Changed the World, singer/songwriter/activist Billy
Bragg presents an examination of the musical and sociological
history of skiffle – where it came from; what it meant to a
generation in post-war Britain, and how it paved the way for the
British Invasion – while also restoring Lonnie Donegan to his
rightful place as a true cultural revolutionary.
In this episode, Robert and
Richard host this special guest, discussing his book as well as his
recent release, Shine A Light – a collection of railroad
songs recorded on the road across the US.