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Billy Bragg

Episode 4 of 4

30 minutes
First broadcast:
Tuesday 25 January 2011

Mr Gee presents the final programme in the four part series, Rhyme and Reason.
This week he is joined by musician and activist Billy Bragg to talk about how poetry has played a major role in his life. Billy Bragg tells of how he's used music and poetry to express his feelings at pivotal points in his life. We hear readings of his favourite poetry and music from his back catalogue going back over 25 years.

  • Billy Bragg's poetry choices

    1) "Jerusalem" by William Blake
    2) "Preface to Milton" by William Blake
    3) "Evidently Chickentown" by John Cooper-Clarke
    4) "The River's Tale" by Rudyard Kipling
    5) "The Conundrum of the Workshops" by Rudyard Kipling
    6) "Ekla Chalo Re" by Rabindranath Tagore
    7) "Call to Account" by Vladimir Mayakovsky
    8) "The Man He Killed" by Thomas Hardy
    9) "Puck's Song" by Rudyard Kipling
    10) "If" by Rudyard Kipling


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