01 Dec, 2005 Book Of Brilliant Things
Interviewed during his current visit to Japan, Jim Kerr revealed that Book Of Brilliant Things was among the Simple Minds songs that he identified with most.
Kerr was quoted as saying “more than music, ever since my earliest childhood years, books have meant so much to me. Books are revered all over the world and of course for many people certain books are sacrosanct. Books allow people to think for themselves, allowing access to knowledge forgotten or out of favour with the times. Books, as with recorded music, travel over time and distance greater than the author could ever accomplish in person. Dictators have throughout time understood how important it was to control knowledge – to control a nation! Books were burned and banned as a result. My father’s experience as a simple man who educated himself to the highest level, inspired me to write that song.”