To celebrate the 30th anniversary edition of Billy Bragg's seminal debut recording Life's a Riot with Spy Vs Spy, Cooking Vinyl and Billy Bragg will launch "Get Behind Billy Bragg," an exclusive look at Bragg's entire career, releasing new and exclusive commentary from Bragg on his back catalogue beginning October 21, leading up to the October 29 re-release ofLife's a Riot with Spy Vs Spy.
Exclusive album commentary available as follows:
October 21 - Brewing Up With, Talking With The Taxman About Poetry
October 22 - Workers Playtime, The Internationale
October 23 - Don't Try This A Home, William Bloke
October 24 - Bloke on Bloke, Reaching To The Converted
October 25 - England, Half English, Must I Paint You A Picture
October 28 - Mr. Love & Justice, Life's a Riot with Spy Vs Spy
More on the 30th anniversary edition of Life's A Riot with Spy Vs Spy
Along with the Oct 29 release of the 30th anniversary edition of Billy Bragg's seminal debut recording Life's a Riot with Spy vs Spy, Cooking Vinyl will also make available the twelve additional albums that make up Bragg's acclaimed and influential catalogue.
The special edition Life's A Riot... will feature the original album re-mastered, plus a new, live solo version by Billy recorded as a unique encore at his London Union Chapel show in June 2013. Life's A Riot with Spy vs Spy (30th Anniversary Edition) will feature a sleeve based on the original 1983 Barney Bubbles artwork and be available on CD, in a replica vinyl card sleeve with inner sleeve, limited edition LP with inner sleeve and lyrics on 180g vinyl with DL and digital.
Bragg has seemingly been everywhere following the release of his Joe Henry produced album Tooth & Nail earlier this year, which snagged a top ten spot on the Americana radio charts. After a barnstorming run through SXSW and sell out, headlining shows throughout the U.S., Europe and Australia, Bragg curated his own stage and performed at Glastonbury in June and was recently named the recipient of the "Outstanding Contribution to Music" Award by the UK's indie label association (AIM).
In October Bragg completed his longest run of U.S. tour dates in over twenty years, including a string of fall shows which kicked off at the Americana Music Festival in Nashville and wrapped up at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in San Francisco.