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A Very Simple Mind

In Conversation with Derek Forbes

Wednesday 22 November, 7.30pm

BME is thrilled to host this special in-conversation event for the long-awaited autobiography, A Very Simple Mind from Derek Forbes. Derek will also be playing selected acoustic tracks during the event.


Derek Forbes started his musical career as a lead guitarist but soon changed to bass guitarist. He is known for those iconic spine-rattling bass riffs which we recognise in most Simple Minds' songs and he wrote and co-wrote many of the band's earliest classics.

Derek is also well known on the international stage as songwriter and bassist for Big Country and Propaganda and has recorded with Iggy Pop, David Bowie, Dave Gilmour of Pink Floyd and Kirsty MacColl.


He won an Ivor Novello Award for Outstanding Song Collection in 2016 for his song writing for Simple Minds, voted best bass player in the World 1982 and best bass player from Scotland in 2010. He still lives in Glasgow and is planning his next tour.


“…beneath the distinctive interplay between guitar and keyboards there was a powerful engine with a deep, punchy bass line driving the music forward. Enter Derek Forbes!

Peter Walsh - Multi award winning record producer


Derek will be in conversation with Liverpool's UNESCO Head of Music, Kevin McManus.  The in conversation will be followed by a book signing.  Books are available to purchase on the evening from Linghams Booksellers.

All tickets £8.

Please note, our museum galleries are closed during events.    

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