Although some may call Billy Bragg a folkie, he was the leading figure in the anti-folk movement of the 80’s. Inspired by both punk rock and the music of Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan, Bragg started bashing out songs of politics and love on his electric guitar and released his first full-length album in 1984. After becoming a celebrity in Britain and releasing five albums, Bragg teamed with Wilco in 1998 for Mermaid Avenue, a collection of unreleased songs written by Guthrie. In ‘99 he formed the Blokes featuring former Small Faces member and Austin resident Ian McLagan. An extensive box set with Bragg collectibles and rarities was released this year.