Don’t Mob The Music Mogul!

It seems the wrong word to use in some respects…as the way I interpret the word “mogul”, esp. when it comes to music moguls, I see types like Colonal Tom Parker, Tony Defries, Eric Hall, Don Arden, et al – larger than life types that just blag their way through stuff with brash, bolshy machismo.

Bruce Findlay has always come across as something different. Hard working, meticulous, knowledgable. A thirst and hunger for music. A love of the art. It was never about him, but the music itself…the artists and bands he loves. A passion and enthusiasm contagious in its desire to achieve. Gregarious he certainly is…but he has swathes of humility and knows what humble pie tastes like.

So, when speaking of Bruce, I use the word “mogul” more for poetic effect.

I rarely use or visit Twitter these days…just quickly look in on it twice a day, and I always look to what Bruce has been talking about. Last night he was (among other things) talking about the Rip It Up exhibition that has just started in Edinburgh. I will be there next Thursday to see the exhibition, and to see Bruce and writer Ian Rankin give a talk next Thursday evening.

I tweeted Bruce to say how excited I am to be going to the exhibition, to see him talk, and to hope for the opportunity to say hello to him. Here is his reply…

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Oh, it is going to be so wonderful! I’m not sure Bruce realises just how many Simple Minds fans may end up there next Thursday. Apart from myself, I know of at least four others going there. Too modest by half! But I do hope we have time to chat. Words may fail me again, as they tend to with Jim.

I will be taking along something special with me for him to sign. Nothing SM related, strictly speaking, but something I hope he’ll get a kick out of seeing. It will be wonderful I know 🙂

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