It’s the story of one of the most popular and influential British popstars of the past 30 years.
Born into a working-class Glaswegian family in the summer of 1961, Bobby’s story begins in the district of Springburn, soon to be evacuated in Edwards Heath’s brutal slum clearances. Leaving school at 16 and going to work as a printers’ apprentice, Bobby’s rock n roll epiphany arrives like a bolt of lightning shining from Phil Lynott’s mirrored pickguard at his first gig at the Apollo in Glasgow. Filled with ‘the holy spirit of rock n roll’ his destiny is sealed with the arrival of the Sex Pistols and punk rock which to Bobby, represents an iconoclastic vision of class rebellion and would ultimately lead to him becoming an artist.
This October we will be joined live by Bobby Gillespie himself to discuss his definitive autobiography which tells his story up to the recording and release of the album that has been credited with ‘starting the 90’s’: Screamadelica.
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 became the most innovative British band of the new decade, representing a new psychedelic vanguard taking shape at Creation Records.
Ending with the release of Screamadelica and the tour that followed in the autumn, Tenement Kid is a book filled with the joy and wonder of a rock n roll apostle who would radically reshape the future sounds of fin de siècle British pop.
Join us for an evening in Komedia with Bobby as he discusses his memoir, cutting a righteous path through a decade lost to Thatcherism and saved by acid house.
Please note, this event is now taking place in Christ Church on Julian Road (less than 10 minute walk from the bookshop.)