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Themes for Great Cities: A New History of Simple Minds

Thursday, 19th May, 2022 at 8 p.m.

The Mitchell Library, North Street, Glasgow G3 7DN

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An illuminating new biography of one of Britain’s most influential bands, written with the full cooperation of Simple Minds

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Nobody owes us anything, but the Simple Minds story has been too condensed. After Live Aid and ‘Don’t You (Forget About Me)’ there hasn’t been quite the credit for those first few records. Although they contain some really special music.

‘I can hear the flaws but there’s something about the spirit and imagination in them that feels good. They draw from such a wide range of influences… but the spirit of it was always Simple Minds.’ Jim Kerr, to the author

Themes for Great Cities features in-depth new interviews with original band members Jim Kerr, Charlie Burchill, Mick MacNeil and Derek Forbes, alongside key figures from within their creative community and high-profile fans such as Bobby Gillespie, James Dean Bradfield and Mogwai’s Stuart Braithwaite. The book reclaims and revivifies the magnificence of Simple Minds’ pioneering early albums, from the glitchy Euro-ambience of Real to Real Cacophony and Empires and Dance to the pulsing, agitated romance of Sons and Fascination, New Gold Dream and beyond.

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