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Billy Bragg Quotes

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My theory is this; I'm not a political songwriter.
I'm an honest songwriter.
- Billy Bragg

We read our own political content into The Clash,
and they accepted it.
- Billy Bragg

I try and write honestly about what I see around me now.
- Billy Bragg

An isolationist America is no bloody use to anyone.
- Billy Bragg

 

All the great political music was made at the height
of political confrontations.
- Billy Bragg

My upbringing was very straightforward suburban working class upbringing.
- Billy Bragg

Being spokesman for a generation is the worst job I ever had.
- Billy Bragg

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There are quite a few honest songwriters out there
writing about relationships and their own personality traits.
But for some reason, once they step out of the bedroom,
their honesty doesn't seem to come with them.
- Billy Bragg

I was in a little punk band and we put out a few punk
records that weren't very political,
at all.
- Billy Bragg

I've had songs written during the Falklands war,
and during the first Gulf war I got letters from soldiers
saying they were listening to these songs,
like Island of no return.
- Billy Bragg

Were it not for the Clash, punk would have been just a sneer,
a safety pin and a pair of bondage trousers.
- Billy Bragg

I came into this whole business by going to see Rock
Against Racism gigs with the Clash.
- Billy Bragg

Even with politics, stuff comes around again.
Woody Guthrie would recognize America today.
- Billy Bragg

So, in some ways, the political songs tend to be a bit more like reportage,
whereas the love songs tend to be like novels,
you can pick them up off the shelf and go into them any time.
- Billy Bragg

The most important thing for anyone,
I think,
is to be engaged, whether you're an artist or a journalist
is to be engaged in the process at some level.
- Billy Bragg

I enjoyed so much working with the guys from Wilco,
and riffing off of them, and having someone come up to me with ideas,
because normally in the studio it's me who has to come up with all the ideas.
- Billy Bragg

Most of the people that I went to school with -
I went to secondary school -
we were educated to go and work in the line at Ford's,
and if we were lucky, technical skilled labor.
I sort of rejected that, and thought I wanted to do something else.
- Billy Bragg

By the time I was 19, punk had occurred.
It had a completely different cultural dynamic to it
which rejected everything and started again from the year zero.
- Billy Bragg

I'm trying to make a case for those people who don't
have a sense of belonging that they should have,
that there is something really worthwhile in having a sense of belonging,
and recasting and looking at our modern history.
- Billy Bragg

That taught me one lesson which is that you're naive
to believe that bands can change the world.
Bands are very naive to think that just if their audience
thinks that they can change the world,
that they can.
That was quite a lesson for my career,
really.
- Billy Bragg

I'm still batting away on my politics for the Labour Party.
I'm much further to the left of them than I used to be,
but that's because they've moved, not me.
- Billy Bragg

In that sense, I became politicized because the people
in the coal mining villages who were involved in the
struggle knew why they were there.
But they couldn't understand why some pop star from
London would want to be there.
- Billy Bragg

It's not a very popular subject amongst my audience,
who are by nature more internationalist,
but I don't choose what to write about,
I don't choose my subjects, they kind of choose me.
- Billy Bragg

All musicians start out with ideals but hanging on
to them in the face of media scrutiny takes real integrity.
Tougher still is to live up to the ideals of your dedicated fans.
- Billy Bragg

But, in the end, even a song that's as politically
bland as Blowin in the Wind,
you probably wouldn't get up and sing that now,
whereas some of Bob Dylan's love songs that were contemporary with that,
like say Girl from the North Country,
you can still get up an play now.
- Billy Bragg

The moment a person forms a theory,
his imagination sees in every object
only the traits which favor that theory.
- Thomas Jefferson

If the facts don't fit the theory,
change the facts.
- Albert Einstein

We must respect the other fellow's religion,
but only in the sense and to the extent
that we respect his theory that
his wife is beautiful and his children smart.
- H. L. Mencken

An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

My theory is that all of Scottish cuisine is based on a dare.
- Mike Myers

In theory there is no difference between theory and practice.
In practice there is.
- Yogi Berra

I have this theory - that if we're told we're bad,
then that's the only ideal we'll ever have.
- Jewel

Science is organized common sense where many a beautiful
theory was killed by an ugly fact.
- Thomas Huxley

Let your religion be less of a theory and more of a love affair.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

Scientific theory is a contrived foothold in the chaos of living phenomena.
- Wilhelm Reich

The scientific theory I like best is that the rings
of Saturn are composed entirely of lost airline luggage.
- Mark Russell

Morality is the theory that every human act
must be either right or wrong,
and that 99 % of them are wrong.
- H. L. Mencken

He who loves practice without theory
is like the sailor who boards ship
without a rudder and compass
and never knows where he may cast.
- Leonardo da Vinci

Your theory is crazy, but it's not crazy enough to be true.
- Niels Bohr

Creationists make it sound as though a "theory'
is something you dreamt up after being drunk all night.
- Isaac Asimov

Religion is essentially the art and the theory of the remaking of man.
Man is not a finished creation.
- Edmund Burke

My theory has always been, that if we are to dream,
the flatteries of hope are as cheap, and pleasanter,
than the gloom of despair.
- Thomas Jefferson

A unified theory would put us at the doorstep of a
vast universe of things that we could finally explore with precision.
- Brian Greene

I call it like the domino theory of reality.
If you can go one step at a time and it seems to make sense,
you can then take your audience into an area that is relatively outlandish.
- Ivan Reitman

I was a teacher for a long time.
I taught at a community college: voice,
theory, humanities.
And nowadays, music education is a dying thing.
Funding is being cut more and more and more.
- Jon Secada

Meanwhile, the originator of a theory may have a very lonely time,
especially if his colleagues find his views of nature unfamiliar,
and difficult to appreciate.
- Peter D. Mitchell

Playing music is not really susceptible to theory much.
Circumstances affect it so much.
- Derek Bailey

Theory helps us to bear our ignorance of facts.
- George Santayana

My theory is that if you look confident you can pull off anything -
even if you have no clue what you're doing.
- Jessica Alba

I have a theory because I was being beaten up a lot
by people outside of school,
it was almost like if I could make myself sick enough
they'd take sympathy on me.
- Daniel Johns

The theory of evolution by cumulative natural selection
is the only theory we know of that is in principle
capable of explaining the existence of organized complexity.
- Richard Dawkins

A theory has only the alternative of being right or wrong.
A model has a third possibility: it may be right,
but irrelevant.
- Manfred Eigen

My theory of evolution is that Darwin was adopted.
- Steven Wright

We completely reject the theory of evolution.
- John Ambrose Fleming

The classical example of a successful research programme
is Newton's gravitational theory:
possibly the most successful research programme ever.
- Imre Lakatos

Without revolutionary theory there can be no revolutionary movement.
- Vladimir Lenin

I am not the kind of girl who can trust a theory based on one person.
- Brigitte Boisselier

My theory was that what I had to do was make a study of human behavior.
- A. E. van Vogt

Never worry about theory as long as the machinery does
what it's supposed to do.
- Robert A. Heinlein

Nevertheless, the realization that breaking a pencil
point would have far less disastrous consequences played little or no role,
I believe, in this decision to explore theory!
- Rudolph A. Marcus

Frankly, these days, without a theory to go with it,
I can't see a painting.
- Tom Wolfe

Theory not only formulates what we know but also tells us what we want to know,
that is, the questions to which an answer is needed.
- Talcott Parsons

This success led my theoretical group to the chemical reactivity theory,
extending more and more widely the range of compound
and reactions that were discussed.
- Kenichi Fukui

The human species, according to the best theory I can form of it,
is composed of two distinct races, the men who borrow and the men who lend.
- Charles Lamb

As the new endogenous growth theory suggests,
TFP growth is closely related to accumulation of the intangible capitals,
such as human capital and research and development.
- Toshihiko Fukui

In theory, I'd like to work in a group.
But the group I'd like to work in, all the musicians
in them are long since dead.
- Robert Wyatt

But the fact a person denies that he is theorising
is no reason for taking him at his word and failing
to investigate what implicit theory is involved in his statements.
- Talcott Parsons

I would say that, intellectually, Catholicism had no
more impact on me than did social theory.
- Paul Farmer

The Popish theory, which assumes that Christ,
the Apostles and believers, constituted the Church
while our Saviour was on earth,
and this organization was designed to be perpetual.
- Charles Hodge

What has any poet to trust more than the feel of the
thing? Theory concerns him only until he picks up his pen,
and it begins to concern him again as soon as he lays it down.
- John Ciardi

A lot of times when I sit down with the other comics and try to talk theory,
they say I'm being too serious.
- Joel Hodgson


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