Ian Cranna was finishing his PhD at Edinburgh University in history in the late seventies, whilst also penning reviews
for the NME. His
superlactive review of Simple Minds in October 1978 gained the band their
first column inches in a national publication, but created an expectation that the band felt they couldnít live
He became one of the bandís mentors, advising them, and getting them gigs around the Edinburgh area. It
looked like he would eventually become the bandís manager, but
Bruce eventually got the job.
Ian still writes and currently contributes to Q Magazine.