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Transcending the moment: ideology and Billy Bragg

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dc.contributor.author Power, Martin J.
dc.contributor.author Dillane, Aileen
dc.date.accessioned 2020-02-20T16:19:06Z
dc.date.available 2020-02-20T16:19:06Z
dc.date.issued 2019
dc.identifier.citation Power M. and Dillane A. (2019) 'Transcending the moment: Ideology and Billy Bragg'. Journal of Language & Politics, 18 (4):491-508. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1569-2159
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/8545
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract Our paper argues that British singer Billy Bragg performs protest songs that cleverly draw upon musical forms underpinning his positioning as a voice of, and for, the ordinary person, ultimately disenfranchised by governmental adherence to neoliberal policies. While political songs are a product of their time, many of them can also transcend that historical moment and have a longer shelf-life in terms of their capacity to inform political thinking and action. Our song(s) of choice in this paper do so not just in terms of the relevance of their 'literal' message but also in how they draw upon traditional structures of feeling and generic elements of folk song to underpin this sense of 'grass-roots' critique via a modified, acoustic ballad form and a performance style. This serves to authenticate and legitimate the singer and his message and, in turn, allows Bragg to accumulate political and cultural capital. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher John Benjamins Publishing en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Journal of Language & Politics;18 (4), pp, 491-508
dc.relation.uri https://doi.org/10.1075/jlp.18060.pow
dc.rights © John Benjamin Publishing. Publisher should be contacted for permission to re-use or reprint the material in any form. en_US
dc.subject Billy Bragg en_US
dc.subject Ideology en_US
dc.subject Performance en_US
dc.subject Protest songs en_US
dc.title Transcending the moment: ideology and Billy Bragg en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.date.updated 2020-02-20T16:10:04Z
dc.identifier.doi 10.1075/jlp.18060.pow
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US
dc.internal.rssid 2933399
dc.internal.copyrightchecked Yes
dc.identifier.journaltitle Journal of Language & Politics
dc.description.status peer-reviewed


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