Stuart Braithwaite is best known as a member of one of the most ground-breaking post-rock bands in the world, Mogwai. He is also an author and will be at Aye Write, Glasgow's Book Festival, to discuss his acclaimed book, Spaceships over Glasgow.
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Spaceships Over Glasgow spans Stuart's childhood, where he favoured music over school, his rise into rock star hedonism and 3 decades in the hugely influential Mogwai. Ahead of his appearance at Aye Write, Stuart answers our questions on why Glasgow is a top city for music lovers.
1. What makes going to a gig in Glasgow so special?
The people that go to gigs in Glasgow make it special. Without doubt, they are the most passionate audiences.
2. Tell us about a music moment that sums up your experience of the city?
It’s hard to pinpoint one but I remember seeing The Cure in Bellahouston Park a few years back and thinking that seeing my favourite band in my hometown was hard to beat.
3. Why do so many talented musicians come out of Glasgow?
I think the lack of distractions. Weather definitely plays a part.
4. What's your favourite Glasgow venue?
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Barrowland. There’s nowhere like it.
5. When travelling the world, how do you describe Glasgow and the city's music scene?
I think it’s as much a community as anything else. People try and help each other.
6. What would you recommend to first-time visitors to the city?
See a band at Barrowlands and eat a curry at Mother India.