Budding fanzine writer and journalist, Brian Hogg first turned up in the Simple Minds story, by touting the
Johnny And The Self Abusers demo tape around several record companies. His knowledge, and connections,
came from working at Bruce's, Scotlandís biggest chain of independent record shops.
By late 1977, he had started a new profession as a teacher, but was quickly coaxed back into the record business by
Bruce Findlay. He helped to run Bruce's chain of independent record shops (Bruce's)
and co-authored the free fanzine Cripes. It was after seeing Simple Minds that he wrote one of the
band's first rave reviews in
Cripes and pestered Bruce to go and see them.
He subsequently became the press officer at Zoom Records.
His talents weren't just limited to writing - he also designed the tambourine labels for the
Life In A Day album.
After his brief stint at Zoom, he returned to teaching, before becoming a full time writer. He contributed
to the Guiness History Of Rock Music and wrote The History Of Rock Music In Scotland. His
association with Simple Minds continued when he wrote the sleeve notes for
Glittering Prize 81/92.