Billy Bragg playing US in Oct/Johnny Clash 7-inch coming out!

Music News | Jul 20th, 2007

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From the Billy Bragg Newsletter:

Billy will be playing five dates in the eastern United States in October.

17 October – Webster Hall, New York City, NY
18 October – Calvin Theater, Northampton, MA
19 October – Scottish Rite Auditorium, West Collingswood, NJ
20 October – New York Society for Ethical Culture, New York City, NY
22 October – Birchmere, Alexandria, VA

Q: What would you call someone inspired by Joe Strummer who does gigs in prisons?

A: Johnny Clash. That’s the name that Billy Bragg has adopted for a benefit single aimed at raising funds for his Jail Guitar Doors initiative.

Billy returns to the raw solo style which first made his name, releasing a 7-inch vinyl single of ‘Old Clash Fan Fight Song’ backed with ‘The Big Lie’ on 20 August, 2007, available at for 1.99 plus p&p.

“The death of Joe Strummer in 2002 brought a lot of us together again to celebrate Joe’s life and we were amazed to find that many of us were involved in activism in one way or another union organisers, environmental campaigners, documentary film-makers,” said Billy.

‘Old Clash Fan Fight Song’ is a rallying call to this generation and those that have followed – to take up the fight once again. 1 from each copy sold will go to benefit Jail Guitar Doors, an initiative set up by Billy to provide guitars for rehabilitation work in British prisons (see story, below).

Every 50 singles sold will buy another guitar.

Billy’s initiative to provide instruments for rehabilitation work in British prisons took another step forwards last week when he and Mick Jones, the former lead guitarist of the Clash delivered five acoustic guitars to Wormwood Scrubs prison in West London.

Mick, who wrote the song ‘Jail Guitar Doors’ from which the campaign takes its name, was the first person to make a donation, pledging 500 when Billy launched the campaign at this year’s NME Awards ceremony.