Stephen William Bragg's quest to fame began when he toured around doing concerts and busking around Lond. He often played solo with an electric guitar. One day, he pretended to be a television repair man and earned entry into the office of Charisma Records' A&R man Peter Jenner. Jenner like the tape but the company was nearly bankrupt, but Bragg still was able to get an offer to record more demos for a music publiser, so jenner agreed to release them as a record. Months later Charisma was taken over by Virgin and Jenner became Bragg's manager. This led to his hit song "New England" which was in the top 10 in the UK in 1985.
He made several other political sattires, and many other albums since then and retained creative control on most of them. The most lucrative deal for Bragg was when he signed a four album deal with a million pound advance. However, this gamble did not pay off to more sales and the situation put the company in financial difficulty. In exchange for ending the contract early and Bragg getting back all his rights to his back catalogue, he had to pay much of the advance back.
Since then, Bragg has been in several bands and played a small roll in a film. Now adays, he's mainly involved in activism featureing alongside union reps, vicars, and MP's (member of Parliament).