Ann Arbor Weather:
Wednesday October 18, 2017
Follow us: facebook twitter RSS feed
Print Comment E-mail

Mr. Love and Justice

 

continued

But there are plenty of reasons why Bragg's September 11 visit to the Ark has sold out. Though his last two albums have been uneven, a Bragg gig has always been more than a concert: it's part rally, part benefit, part forum. That's even truer now that Bragg has evolved into a public intellectual and author of some stature in Britain. Seeing him today is a bit like going to a talk by Gloria Steinem or Cornel West. He's likely to chat between songs about this year's British election results and about Jail Guitar Doors, a charity he founded that donates guitars to prison inmates for rehabilitation and music therapy.

He's also likely to perform "I Keep Faith," the best song from his 2008 album, Mr. Love and Justice, in which he confronts the challenges of romantic and political commitment. He could be singing to his partner or to anyone who shares his belief in social change: "If your dreams should come to nothing/Washed out in the rain/Let me rekindle all your hopes/And help you start again." Bragg, twenty-seven years into his career, has kept faith, thinking harder than anyone else about the limits and possibilities of mixing pop and politics. He is the purest musical conscience of his generation, and by conscience I mean the song in your head that reminds you what you believe in.    (end of article)

[Originally published in September, 2010.]

 

Bookmark and Share
previous  ·  1 l 2 l 3
all on one page
read more stories here -> Marketplace  l  Culture  l  Community  l  News

You might also like:

Make Way for Drones
A new facility drives weather watchers off campus.
Michael Betzold
Nightspots: Blind Pig
Return to the River
Gallup Park opened up a "private river." Now a new playground is making it even more accessible.
Jan Schlain
Smoked Out
Saline BBQ closed for good
Billie Ochberg
Pastries, Baked Goods, and Ice Cream Restaurants
Restaurants with Catering Available
A clickable zoomable map
Crime Map
A clickable, zoomable map
Jefferson Market
Your neighbor's place
Lee Lawrence
Overview in Chelsea
Community Services - Disabilities
John Shultz photography and Portrait Studio in Ann Arbor since 1982