Some new prints from Virginia arrived today (Middle and right – silver framed. There’s one other not pictured – it’s in landscape ratio and so in the frames on the other side of the room).
I’d be happy to gaze upon his beautiful smiling face for eternity. Past or present. Twenty-three or sixty-three.
That colour one of him looking to camera was one of the first photos I got from Virginia when I could only get a few tiny 6×4 inch photos. It was coming up to Glasgow with me with the rest of the small array of 6×4 photos I had. They were taken when the van was broken into on the move up here some two and a half years ago.
Replaced at last.
The one next to it (Arthur’s Seat/Edinburgh 1981) was another I had in 6×4 also, I think.
Anyway… on with study and trying to complete another assignment…
I had discussions about this with Malcolm Garrett as he said he was feeling a little nervous and overwhelmed to be asked to contribute to it (I think it might be this particular release anyway).
He at least spoke to me about Sheila bringing out a book and I am guessing this may be the one – due out in autumn. In this post a few days back on Instagram, she says that Jim has been involved with it too, obviously in turn making it that more exciting for yours truly. Especially if there are more photos from this session inside the book. OMG! I made a whole poetry thing with this “Jimmy Jesus” photo of Sheila’s. Lol. It’s still on my bedroom wall (the photo with the poetry). It has my favourite line of poetry I have ever written ending it…
“I find you intoxicating, and will be happy, spending all the rest of my days, drinking you in from afar” – I know! Lol. Hardly Wordsworth, Shelley or Keats…but I like it. And this was the image that inspired it. That jacket. Those troosers. Them boots! (You can’t see them in this image but trust me, he’s wearing them!)
Thank you so very much, Sheila Rock. Looking forward to this book.
P.S. If you follow me on Facebook you’ll also be familiar with another Sheila Rock image of Jim from this same session that I use for my frequent “18:18 – Timecheck” posts. 😁😁❤️
I follow Etienne’s account on Facebook as well and I shared this photo on my feed with this comment:
I know Jim was sick at the gig but it is still one of my most favourite bootlegs of them all. And I love all the photos I’ve ever seen from this gig. I don’t think he even looks sick – not in the true definition of the word – but in the modern day definition of “sick”? Definitely! Sick and sexy AF! Wh’d have guessed he was puking his guts up that night? I don’t think it’s at all detectible in this image. I do think I detect it in the audio of the bootleg though.
For over 40 years this man has been the most incredible performer.
AKA Fiddle Merchant. Some of the negatives I got to view on that first visit to Virginia’s (some four and a half years ago now) were wonderful to see. Actually, all of them were. But it was hard to see much detail in viewing them under magnification.
But once they had been scanned and printed, the detail in many made it a brand new experience seeing them. Take these three, for example. I have A LOT of photos of Jim that are favourites. Most can be viewed and enjoyed on an individual, photo-by-photo basis. By this trio is my favourite in sequence.
Photo one, the focus is on what’s in his hands. What is it he has? Has it got his name on it? I still am not sure what it is. It looks like it’s a key fob, but if so, why would he have his name on it?
The second photo, his focus has waned a little. Perhaps he’s now a little bored? Or his mind is adrift on something?
The final photo, I get the impression Virginia might have seen what I saw in frame two and tried to grab his attention with an “Oi, Jim!”
Whatever finally got his attention to look down the lens…I love it. And I love that his name is clearly visible in what he’s holding. I love those boots. OMG, those boots. And the jeans, and the white shirt.
A Glaswegian Stanley Kowalski. Or is that KERRwalski? “Stellaaaarrrrr!!”
I had a hoard of memorabilia come in this week and in amongst it was this article, written by Graeme Thomson, none other! Featuring in The Guardian on February 24th, 2012, just as the 5×5 Live tour is getting under way.
We know how I feel about that. Goddamn! I was out by just over two years. I will forever rue it!
Some of the discussion that takes place between Graeme, Jim and Charlie during the interview for this article features in the Themes For Great Cities book.
I thought I’d scan the article and post it here. Just as a little taster of what’s to come next week.
A footnote (and a chance for me to be a pedantic pr*ck); the inset photo of Jim is from 1980. October, in fact. It’s one from the Tavistock Square session. The same session the photo on the book’s cover comes from.
This arrived in the post this morning. I am literally like a kid at Christmas!!! So very excited to be reviewing the book for the blog. The review will be up on the blog VERY soon. As will be details of a giveaway of copies of the book!
Exciting times. Keep an eye out for the review and more details on the giveaway shortly.
“There’s no place like home.” A much used quote lifted from The Wizard Of Oz. But it rings true. And it certainly seemed to have rung true on the nights of November 18th and 19th, 1982.
Simple Minds had just returned to Glasgow after another whirlwind stint of touring to the far reaches of the globe (yes, GLOBE – no “flat earth” conspiracy theorists here! Have ANY of these flat-earthers NEVER been on a plane? How do they explain the curvature of the earth and the horizon? I digress!) – heading back to Australia, New Zealand and Canada directly after the release of New Gold Dream.
I was looking into fanzines on eBay last night, after having seen an enquiring post on my FB feed about a certain Scottish produced fanzine. I thought I’d have a hunt around the interwebs and see what I could find. I decided on eBay first and got caught up looking at fanzines on there. One in particular caught my eye. One called Deadbeat. I looked at the listing of every issue and viewed the images, trying to scan and find more info on the fanzine production itself more than anything.
No one was then more surprised than me to find within the shared images of one listing of the magazine – THIS! A review of Simple Minds playing Tiffany’s in November, 1982. It’s unclear as to whether the reviewer is at the first gig or the second, but regardless of that it’s a glowing review.
The only error in the review is that they say Mike Ogletree is on drums. And it wasn’t until I was listening over the bootleg last night did I think to myself “Naw, pal. That ain’t Mike, that’s Mel.” Mike’s last gig was in Toronto about 10 nights prior to this gig. So in actual fact, it was Mel’s first or second night at the kit – depending on which night the reviewer was there.
They wax lyrical about Jim. Such praise! Excited at my discovery of this review last night I did a very rare thing (these days) and posted it to SMOG first with a link to Art & Talk’s upload of the November 18th gig to YouTube. In my post on SMOG, in reference to the lashings of praise heaped on Jim, I said “anyone would think I wrote the review! Lol.”
It is true though – anyone WOULD think I had time travelled and gone and reviewed it for the fanzine. It is wonderful to see such praise given to His Kerrness though. And it’s certainly nothing I wouldn’t have done myself.
A companion piece for me are the photos I have from Virginia of them playing the second night at Tiffany’s. My favourite photo of the set? One of Jim on the stage – looking pretty fucking sensational, I have to say in signature white collared shirt, shiny tailored trousers and black wee “ballet” shoes. And in the bottom left corner of the frame you can see his brother, Mark, looking as though he would rather be anywhere else than watching his big bro up on stage. Lol. Poor Mark! It’s not in the ones I have posted above, but you can view the particular photo I am referring to on Virginia’s site HERE
Lastly, here is the link to the first of the two Tiffany’s gigs that A&T uploaded. Oh, for a night at Tiffany’s! This is the next best thing…