Bobby Gillespie has announced his first memoir. The Tenement Kid is referred to as the story of a “decade lost by Thatcherism and saved by the acid house.” It will document the Primal Scream front person’s childhood in Glasgow and her stint in the chain of Jesus and Mary before ending with Primal Scream’s landmark third album, Screamadelica from 1991. and his subsequent tour. It’s October 28th via White Rabbit.
A press release on the book reads:
Divided into four parts, Tenement Kid builds up like a breakbeat crescendo on the book’s final quarter, the Summer of Love, Boys Own parties, and the fateful meeting with Andrew Weatherall in a field in East Sussex. As the 80s merge into the 90s and a new breed of electronic soul music begins to pulsate through the nation’s consciousness, Primal Scream becomes the most innovative British band of the new decade, representing a new psychedelic avant-garde taking shape at Creation Records.
At the beginning of 2020 I wanted to challenge myself creatively and do something I had never done before. I didn’t want to write another rock record, I had done a lot of them so I decided to write a reminder of my early life and worked on it all summer, fall and winter 2020 and here it is. It’s called the Tenement Kid because I lived in one for the first ten years of my life. I am very proud of it. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I do.
Primal Scream’s latest album, Chaosmosis, was released in 2016.