The Progressive Patriot

The Progressive Patriot

A Search for Belonging

By Billy Bragg

Black Swan Books, Limited, Paperback, 9780552772426, 363pp.

Publication Date: May 1, 2007

What does it mean to be English? What does it mean to be British? Does the rise in popularity of the St. George's flag represent a new beginning or symbolize the return of the far right? Is the Union Jack too soaked in the blood of empire to be the emblem of a modern multicultural state? In a country in whicheveryone isborn under two flags, what does it mean to be a patriot? In 2006, Billy Bragg saw his home town become the front line in the debate over who does and does not belong in 21st century Britainan apparent reaction to the July2005terror attacks on London, when four British citizens from the immigrant community killed52 innocent people and injured many more. This book is an urgent, eloquent and passionate response to these events. Reflecting on his family history and revisiting the music that inspired him, Billy Bragg pits his own values against those of traditional Britishness in a search for a sense of belonging that is accessible to all and in so doing, offers positive hope to a nation no longer sure of its own identity.

About the Author
Billy Bragg is a politically active folk and punk  musician.