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    Primal Scream’s Bobby Gillespie to Publish Memoir Tenement Kid


    Bobby Gillespie has announced his first memoir. Billed as the story of “a decade lost to Thatcherism and saved by acid house,” Tenement Kid will document the Primal Scream frontperson’s childhood in Glasgow and stint in the Jesus and Mary Chain, before concluding with Primal Scream’s landmark third album, 1991’s Screamadelica, and its subsequent tour. It’s out October 28, via White Rabbit.

    A press release on the book reads:

    Structured in four parts, Tenement Kid builds like a breakbeat crescendo to the final quarter of the book, the Summer of Love, Boys Own parties, and the fateful meeting with Andrew Weatherall in an East Sussex field. As the ’80s bleed into the ’90s and a new kind of electronic soul music starts to pulse through the nation’s consciousness, Primal Scream become the most innovative British band of the new decade, representing a new psychedelic vanguard taking shape at Creation Records.

    Gillespie adds:

    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’d done plenty of those, so, I decided to write a memoir of my early life and worked on it all through the summer, Autumn and Winter of 2020 and here it is. It is titled Tenement Kid as I spent the first ten years of my life living in one. I am very proud of it. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did writing it.

    Primal Scream’s latest album, Chaosmosis, was released in 2016.



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