Billy Bragg: ‘Barack Obama is good for rock ‘n’ roll’

Bragg hails Obama's election win on return from USA

Billy Bragg has hailed the recent US Presidential election winner Barack Obama, saying his appointment is “good for rock ‘n’ roll”.

Bragg was speaking to NME Radio’s In The Studio blog on his return from America, where he had been playing a series of gigs in the run-up to the November 4 election.

The singer/songwriter said he was inspired by the enthusiasm the American youths he encountered had for the Democrat candidate.

“I’ve never seen young people so charged up, so engaged,” he said. “I thought it might be to do with the release of ‘High School Musical 3’, but actually it turned out to be more about Obama.

“When they elect a president they elect a president for all of us. [Obama‘s victory is] good for America, it’s good for the world, and it’s good for rock ‘n’ roll.”

Watch the video interview in full by clicking below.