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December 11, 2003

A Visit With The Milkman Of Human Kindness

The Cleveland Free Press talks to Billy Bragg about music, politics, and the concentration of ownership in media:

Billy mentioned to me in Nashville that “I asked an English booking agent of mine not to work with Clear Channel. Next time I turned around, Clear Channel had bought his booking agency. They're expanding, horizontally and vertically.”

When I said to Billy that “this sort of thing goes beyond the music industry; it affects international politics,” he replied, “Right. Look how the American people haven't been given accurate information about the Middle East. In America, they think there's a connection between Saddam Hussein and the events of 9/11. In Britain, we don't believe it because we have access to more diverse news sources.”

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