I only just got round to listening to this last night (listened to the podcast rather than watching the YouTube video). It’s 2 hours long and I started listening to it late last night. I expected to eventually drift off to sleep as tiredness came upon me… but I was riveted. Enthralled. Bruce’s life story is fascinating and he went into quite some detail into his formative years. How he started out with the record shops and all the different jobs he had apart from buying the records, the travel he did as a young man (and I could see how there would have been in instant kinship between he and Jim with those hitchhiking travelling stories). It was absolutely fascinating. Not without its more sombre parts too, it has to be said.
It all leading on to Bruce’s Records, and to the Zoom label and, of course, managing Simple Minds.
If you have a spare two hours, give it a watch (or listen to the podcast). Bruce doesn’t have legendary status among us Minds fans for nowt, you know!
A lovely man. Always so warm and gregarious.
“Dan Yer Man” will be taking part in a Q and A as well as performing with his band The Dark for White Hot Day on March 21st 2020.
Tickets are available through Tickets Scotland.
See you guys there!
My collection of Virginia Turbett prints of Simple Minds grows slowly yet strongly. A new batch arrived last week and I wanted to show what is in it without comprising the copyright of Virginia’s images. This is still just a small taster, and probably now the last you will see.
The prints are of stunning quality. Trust me, if you decide to buy, you will NOT be disappointed. This video doesn’t do them full justice (I have to be careful not to show them at optimum resolution as they’ll just end up being taken and used) but I hope you can get some sense of how wonderful they are. Some are just truly iconic. The ones taken at Tavistock Square in 1980…the whole photo session is gorgeous.
If you are interested in prints, contact Virginia via her website at: www.virginiaturbett.com
Talking about political activism in the 1980s and the Minds part in it. This…washing away of its relevance now. “It’s all been said.” That may be so, Jim. But…no one’s learning! So we need to keep fighting the good fight! Please! Don’t just wash it away with “it’s all been said”. Well…don’t bloody bother writing anything as poignant and relevant as Walk Between Worlds then, eh? Just…you know…”nae bother”.
Please, Sir! YOU HAVE A VOICE! USE IT! IT’S STILL RELEVANT!
Anyway…that’s my peace. As a fan. Who loves you. And loves you even more when you express some political cut and thrust. I’m not telling you to go all Bono. By any means, just…don’t be afraid to nail your colours to the mast, okay?
So…it was on YouTube this video…and then Reuters took it down and embedded it onto a page on their website. Thanks, Reuters!
A link to view the video is here: https://www.reuters.com/video/2019/11/22/simple-minds-look-back-at-political-acti?videoId=630401340
After the radio show, Jamie East informed us of a full, unedited version of the interview would be available to watch online. Here we are…
Jim and Charlie will be on Virgin Radio UK at 9pm GMT tonight (Sunday, Nov. 17). Tune in for the patter. Jim and his bloody “la la las” – and there I am extolling the virtues of his amazing songwriting. Lol