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C1-C2 Listening ‘How old-timey skiffle music liberated British rock

Last month I was reading Mark Kermode’s novel ‘How Does it Feel?’, which is a funny and interesing recount of his goal towards becoming a famous popstar. At a certain period of his life, the author enrols in a band that played skiffle, and I thought to myself ‘skiffle! What’s that?’ I hadn’t the slightest idea of what it was, so I googled it up and found, among many other interesting links, the one that I’ve turned into a listening activity for those that are loony about the history of rock bands. The video mentions big names like Led Zeppelin, The Beatles and the Rollings, among many others, who had all apparently started off in the showbiz as kids playing skiffle in their sheds or even busking. Anyway, if you feel like doing a listening activity, just click on the button below and let me know if you found it interesting.

Before doing the listening, you might want to watch this video by Knob Town Skiffle Band on Youtube.

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C1-C2 Listening ‘How old-timey skiffle music liberated British rock

You are going to listen to an interview about the influence of Skiffle music on British rock bands. Listen twice and choose the best answer according to what you hear.

Video from PBS News Hour

Activity by Serena

1.Billy Bragg became famous ... 

2.What happened to Lonnie Donegan in the 50s? 

3.What did British teenagers find most appealing about Lonnie Donegan's music? 

4.When did skiffle music arrive on the British scene? 

5.What does the video mention about James Page from Led Zeppelin? 

6. What was the immediate effect of having so many British teenagers playing skiffle? 

7.What does the video mention about Petula Clark? 

8.What band does Billy Bragg admit had been the most influential one for his music back in the 70s? 

2 thoughts on “C1-C2 Listening ‘How old-timey skiffle music liberated British rock


  1. Thanks a lot! It is really interesting.
    I have always enjoyed punk rock music, rithm and blues, etc., but I had never heard before that word, “skiffle”. I think perhaps has to do with the fact of using guitar as they were percussion instruments.
    Merry Christmas and happy new year!

    Óscar

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