Spaceships Over Glasgow: Mogwai and Misspent Youth (Hardcover)

Spaceships Over Glasgow: Mogwai and Misspent Youth By Stuart Braithwaite Cover Image


Born 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.

About the Author

Stuart Leslie Braithwaite is a Scottish multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter. He is the guitarist of post rock band Mogwai, with whom he has recorded nine studio albums.

Praise For…

This book is like being in the pub with a friend who has all the best stories—The Skinny

Will provide comfort and inspiration to all those souls abducted by music—The Guardian


Candid and articulate—The Herald

Shows how well his infectious enthusiasm and taste for therapeutic noise have served him—Uncut

A love song to rock n roll—The Scots Magazine

It's hard to think of a better book written about the realities of being in a band in the 21st century—Record Collector
Product Details
ISBN: 9781474624121
ISBN-10: 147462412X
Publisher: White Rabbit
Publication Date: January 17th, 2023
Pages: 320
Language: English