Spaceships Over Glasgow : Mogwai and Misspent Youth
Mogwai - Book - by Stuart Braithwaite
the son of Scotland's last telescope-maker, Stuart Braithwaite was
perhaps always destined for a life of psychedelic adventuring on the
furthest frontiers of noise in MOGWAI, one of the best loved and most
ground-breaking post-rock bands of the past three decades. Modestly
delinquent at school, Stuart developed an early appetite for
'alternative' music in what might arguably be described as its halcyon
days, the late '80s. Discovering bands like Sonic Youth, My Bloody
Valentine, and Jesus and Mary Chain, and attending seminal gigs (often
incongruously incognito as a young girl with long hair to compensate for
his babyface features) by The Cure and Nirvana, Stuart compensated for
his indifference to school work with a dedication to rock and roll .
. . and of course the fledgling hedonism that comes with it.
Spaceships Over Glasgow is a love song to live rock and roll; to the passionate abandon we've all felt in the crowd (and some of us, if lucky enough, from the stage) at a truly incendiary gig. It is also the story of a life lived on the edge; of the high-times and hazardous pit-stops of international touring with a band of misfits and miscreants.