Billy Bragg launches his new book The Three Dimensions of Freedom, a short and vital polemic arguing that to protect ourselves from encroaching tyranny, we must look beyond this one dimensional notion of what it means to be free.
At a time when opinion trumps facts and truth is treated as nothing more than another perspective, free speech has become a battleground. While authoritarians and algorithms threaten democracy, we argue over who has the right to speak. By reconnecting liberty to equality and accountability, restore the individual agency engendered by the three dimensions of freedom.
Billy Bragg is an iconic musician and activist. His music blends elements of folk, punk and rock and centres on bringing about change and engaging younger people in activism. His albums include Life’s a Riot with Spy Vs. Spy, Talking with the Taxman About Poetry , Tooth and Nail and, most recently, Bridges Not Walls . In 2015, he published his selected lyrics, A Lover Sings , followed in 2017 by Roots, Radicals and Rockers: How Skiffle Changed the World, which was shortlisted for the Penderyn Music Book Prize, and was a Rough Trade, Mojo, and FT Book of the Year 2018.