Why Want A Book When You Have FACEBook?!

Time and again fans ask “when’s your book coming out, Jim?”

Now, for one…I would have thought if he was under a publisher’s contract for a book, it would be nigh on impossible for him to post some of the things he does on FB…contractual obligations, so on and so forth. I don’t know this stuff for certain…but I’m assuming it to be so.

Secondly…why? Why are people crying for a book? Look how he writes for us on an almost daily basis…FOR DIDDLY SQUAT! Are you people INSANE?!

He shares so much already…do you REALLY need a book on top? I’m not saying I wouldn’t be interested in a book from Jim. Far from it! But I’m not going to badger him about it when he posts Facebook entries LIKE THIS! (See end of post.)

And while being in New York makes him think of Lennon, and his mum…the talk of The Beatles always makes me think of my brother, David. In a couple of weeks, he’ll have been gone four years…and, it never gets any easier. In fact, with the passage of time (and how long it had been since the last time I had seen him before he died…and his pleas with me not to travel back home just…to witness him dying) – it gets harder. The void he has left gets bigger.

The people in our lives give us such gifts…free gifts. David with my love for The Beatles. Jim with his posts to Facebook.

Who needs a book, when you have FACEBook?!

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Minds Music Monday – Let There Be Love – Extended Version

I had that final instrumental bit stuck in my head as an earworm for days last week…funking hell! Lol

I’ve always had a little soft spot for Let There Be Love…it was the last thing of theirs I knew of before 2014’s mega fandom took hold. That’s how ignorant I was! The last thing I knew them for went back to 1991!

And similar to last week’s write up about Saturday Girl…(with the exception of liking LTBL in the first instance), the more I hear this version, the more it grows on me.

Mars By 1980 – David Stubbs

Another book I am about to download onto my Kindle. I must have about 200 unread books on there now. As slow a reader as I am, I used to read regularly. At least 10/12 books a year. That’s not a lot for you speedy reading types, but that was a good pace for me…and MUCH better than current stats, which will be lucky if they equate to just a solitary book per year. Shameful! I need to change that!

Anyway, this extract was in last month’s Electronic Sound magazine. The book is written by one of the magazine’s contributors. Below is the extract from within the magazine, about the lasting legacy of Kraftwerk.

As a side note, Kometenmelodie 2 is now my absolute new fave piece of instrumental music. It never fails to make a massive emotional impact on me. It brings me to tears with its beauty. Electronic music emotionaless and devoid of anything visceral?! Utter fucking hogwash!

John Grant’s Got Attitude!

Yet to read it myself, but there’s an interview with John Grant in this month’s Attitude magazine.

40 Years In Ink

Now, you guys know I have a couple of SM tattoos…but nothing on the scale of THIS! This leg of amazing tattoos belongs to Russ Field and what an amazing job his tattooist has done! Forty years of the Simple Minds journey in one big multi tattoo display. Wow!

Thank you to Russ for allowing me to share the photos of his tattooed leg here on the blog.

 

 

Getting Twiggy With It!

These guys really have been my new find and love over the summer. If it had not been for the Green Man festival and seeing some of their set there, I may not have discovered them. But, boy, am I glad I did!

Sadly, at the moment, Brian is off the tour with Arctic Monkeys, as he has taken ill. But hopefully he will be fully recovered for February’s headline tour of the UK. I’ve already booked myself for their London gig at the Roundhouse, and I am now seriously considering adding Glasgow to that list…but I’ll have to check how many days they are apart, and whether there are actually any tickets for Glasgow left! I’ll let you know…

(Magazine article from this month’s Classic Rock)