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Billy Bragg in Conversation

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Waterstones Liverpool One presents Billy Bragg in Conversation.

Billy Bragg discusses his new book 'Roots, Radicals and Rockers - How Skiffle Changed the World'. Books will be available to buy on the evening and there will be a book signing after the event.

'Roots, Radicals & Rockers: How Skiffle Changed the World' is the first book to explore this phenomenon in depth - a meticulously researched and joyous account that explains how skiffle sparked a revolution that shaped pop music as we have come to know it. It's a story of jazz pilgrims and blues blowers, Teddy Boys and beatnik girls, coffee-bar bohemians and refugees from the McCarthyite witch-hunts.

Billy traces how the guitar came to the forefront of music in the UK and led directly to the British Invasion of the US charts in the 1960s. Emerging from the trad-jazz clubs of the early '50s, skiffle was adopted by kids who growing up during the dreary, post-war rationing years.

Like punk rock that would flourish two decades later, skiffle was a do-it-yourself music. All you needed were three guitar chords and you could form a group, with mates playing tea-chest bass and washboard as a rhythm section.

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