I don’t usually write about musical stuff, but last week, punk rocker Billy Bragg gave a really fascinating talk at the Library of Congress on the history of skiffle music in Great Britain in the 1950s, from its origin with early New Orleans jazz records up through the Quarrymen (whose later band name you may have heard – The Beatles), and how it influenced both rock and country music. If you’re a bit of a music history buff, you might enjoy it – or buy his book on the subject, Roots, Radicals, and Rockers.” The talk is about an hour long, with about half an hour of Q&A. Don’t let the walk-in music scare you away. That’s what British pop music on the radio was like before skiffle hit the scene.
Here’s the YouTube link.