Synopsis by Mark Deming
Leftist songwriter Billy Bragg brings his witty and intelligent songs about the nexus between politics and everyday life to two very different audiences in this documentary. In 1989, Bragg played several dates in Virginia, where he threw his support behind a group of coal miners involved in a prolonged strike against management; this video features footage of a benefit concert where Bragg sang a number of his songs about the labor movement and discusses his political views, as well as his support of the miners. In the film's second half, Bragg and his partners tour the Soviet Union in 1987, before the collapse of Communism and before most Western performers were welcome there.
music, activism, alternative-rock, benefit [event], Britain, concert, concert-tours, folk-singer, performer, Russian [nationality]