With everything up in the air I have had little time for blogging as I am negotiating working from home, but at least I still have a job. Hopefully you do too! The job of Simple Minds is normally to tour frequently but those plans are now on hold as other projects have sprung up of late. Primarily, the fan-driven book on Simple Minds that This Day In Music Books are putting together with the title of “Simple Minds – The Book of Brilliant Things.”
You may remember that This Day In Music Books were the publishers who produced the great OMD book, “Pretending To See The Future” a year or so back. Their m.o. is to get fan involvement to add to the band’s story and since OMD and Simple Minds are peers and have toured together, I can imagine that Simple Minds took one look at that and thought, “we need something like that!” There are a handful of Simple Minds books out there, and after 40+ years, the time is more than ripe for something a bit more definitive than what has already been published. I only have the serviceable [if slim] 1985 volume “Glittering Prize” by Dave Thomas that takes the band up to the end of the “Sparkle In The Rain” campaign, so it’s a little long in tooth!
I will be lining up for something to tell the full, tumultuous story. Truth be told, I was surprised that the notion of a solid book on the band took this long to germinate as it is something that was needed for the last 2-3 years. Especially with the band charting again of late. I want to see coffee table books on all of my favorite bands, and few are a dear to me as this one.
As with the OMD book, the band are soliciting fan anecdotes to flesh it out and this makes the event participatory. The band have put it out there that they want to know how we discovered Simple Minds and became fans. Whether by radio, TV or even the [gasp] music press. All memories of seeing the bands live are wanted, so if you have your own spin on things, by all means get it down and send it in. They want any details you can muster. I can tell you that I got two of my submissions into the OMD book, so the chance to add your perspective on things is very real. If you are a regular at PPM, you probably already know that I have a lot of words I could probably edit down to submit with my thoughts and experiences of seeing the band. Send your words and remembrances to:
There’s no word on when the production deadline for this will be ending, so better safe than sorry! The word first got out about three weeks ago so hit those keys and get writing if you want to be a part of this. The OMD book was very browsable and rewarding and Simple Minds deserve similar treatment.
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