Posted in music | pictures on March 22, 2010

photos by Tim Griffin

Billy Bragg

For all I know, lo these many hours later, the Jail Guitar Doors are still rocking onstage at the Ghost Room, one musician/activist after another taking the stage in apparently endless succession. At the shank's end of Friday night, the loose-knit collective of folkies, rockers and rappers showed no sign whatsoever of relenting as last call inexorably approached.

After taking the stage almost an hour late, ringleaders Billy Bragg and ex-MC-5 guitarist Wayne Kramer set up housekeeping on the tiny corner stage and began ushering one guest star after another in from the outdoor beer garden.

It was a case of hey, look, there's Chris Shiflett of the Foo Fighters! There's Mike Mills from R.E.M. rocking CSNY's "Ohio!" There's Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello shredding guitar with funk-rappers Street Sweeper Social Club! There's Billy Bragg wryly declaiming the origins of Jail Guitar Doors to Wayne Kramer, standing at his side: "I said I named it after a song by the Clash," said Bragg. And Wayne said, 'Yeah, I'm in it.' I said, what? He said, 'What's the first line?' and I realized it was 'Let me tell you about Wayne and his deals with cocaine.' I felt about this big."

Bragg went on to explain that JDG (which Kramer aptly described as "the loudest charity on earth") was formed in England as a collective of musicians who put the redemptive power of music into action by making instruments and outreach programs available to jail inmates. An ex-con himself, Kramer became an ally with Bragg and helped get the ball rolling on this side of the pond. Their SXSW gig, they said, marked the American debut of Jail Guitar Doors.

Just that morning, said Bragg (a lifelong political activist for a host of social justice causes), the group had played at the Travis County Jail. "This is the after-party," he said. [Austin 360]

The above-described Jail Guitar Doors show was one of a few Billy Bragg played in Austin this SXSW. Another show (which is pictured in this post) was Monday night (3/15), before SXSW Music even started. It was at the "British Music Embassy" (@ Latitude 30, 512 San Jacinto). The "Strummerville / Jail Guitar Doors Presents" show also featured sets by Chris Shiflett, Get Cape Wear Cape Fly, Beans On Toast, Smokey Angle Shades, Nat Jenkins, Supernovas, and The Good The Bad (who were fresh off the plane from NY). More pictures from that show below...

The Good The Bad

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Supernovas

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Nat Jenkins

Nat Jenkins

Nat Jenkins

Nat Jenkins

Nat Jenkins

Nat Jenkins

Nat Jenkins

Nat Jenkins

Nat Jenkins

Nat Jenkins

Smokey Angle Shades

Smokey Angle Shades

Smokey Angle Shades

Smokey Angle Shades

Smokey Angle Shades

Smokey Angle Shades

Smokey Angle Shades

Smokey Angle Shades

Smokey Angle Shades

Smokey Angle Shades

Smokey Angle Shades

Smokey Angle Shades

Smokey Angle Shades

Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly

Beans On Toast

Beans on Toast

Beans on Toast

Beans on Toast

Beans on Toast

Beans on Toast

Beans on Toast

Beans on Toast

Beans on Toast

Beans on Toast

Beans on Toast

Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly

Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly

Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly

Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly

Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly

Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly

Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly

Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly

Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly

Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly

Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly

Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly

Chris Shiflett

Chris Shiflett

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Comments (9)

ffewgwebig improvement that will make our life easier, I already feel the difference, it takes a minute to deal with it all. Great!

Posted by شات | September 24, 2010 10:38 AM

Some really great photos here. I'd never even heard of 8-bit music before so thanks for enlightening me! Jim.

will be fresh in my ears as long as i live.


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Posted by مركز تحميل | October 4, 2010 8:04 AM

Acutaly this Emo Day looks like real fun, the concert seemed to be good. However the singer does not look like an Emo at all. Anyway if it is fun, its good...

for enlightening me! Jim.

will be fresh in my ears as long as i live.


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Posted by شات بنات | October 6, 2010 7:57 PM

tee was a real treat for fans watching all those popular bands performing live.
by the way Here is a full for SXSW 2010 if

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Posted by بنت مصر | October 9, 2010 12:26 AM

Guggenheim billed it as a performance piece and it was just an installation. Resultingly, the crowd simply waited for the "show" to start, limiting anyone's ability to freely explore the space (the ground floor was packed with indian-style seaters, and the balconies were lined with people holding onto their spots like grim death.

Posted by منتديات | January 9, 2011 1:20 PM

it makes no sense for them to deconstruct the entire TD North venue to play a show the next night ~50 miles south at an amphitheater (which probably would require a different stage setup anyway). They'd play Providence or Mohegan Sun before that (and I think those are both highly unlikely).

Posted by فساتين - ازياء | January 19, 2011 5:06 PM

Whoa! Can anyone say, "NSFW"!!?

Posted by Anonymous | October 9, 2011 3:57 AM

The doc covers pretty much everything. do I have to prove to you that I'm into this guy beyond having seen the movie? hows about you eat a dick. sorry, I don't have access to his diary or his baby pictures, but the points are the same.It could be a good show live. Most people realize that he does say somethings that are offensive but so do alot of other people. Does he mean them i am not sure and i do not think anyone else can say for sure he might just say them to get publicity.

Posted by s7aybfr7 | December 12, 2011 4:45 AM

wooow and Beans On Toast and Billy i like
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Posted by Wow | February 16, 2012 12:33 PM

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