Tenement Kid: Rough Trade Book of the Year

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Tenement Kid: Rough Trade Book of the Year

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I hadn’t done anything since 2019… It was like being a football player who hadn’t been in training and suddenly you’re playing a game. When I saw the book’s length – over 400 pages – and then read that it only went up to Screamadelica I was a bit surprised, though I couldn’t help remembering the comment from a friend who’d spent some time around Primal Scream that Bobby G was always “very shrewd”. There was maybe a little too much made of how good the drugs were, and not enough of the long term effects on Bobby, but hey, that's rock 'n'roll and it was an integral part of the story so couldn't be ignored. 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. I liked all the little touches, talking about the fashion and influences which made me wish I'd got into Primal Scream earlier.

There’s been a recent avalanche of books by musicians, including Sinéad O’Connor, Baxter Dury, Will Sergeant, Stevie Van Zandt, Carl Cox, Shaun Ryder and Dave Grohl, to mention just a few. Read more about the condition New: An item that is still in its original shrink wrap from the manufacturer and the original manufacturer’s seal (if applicable) has not been removed. Published thirty years after the release of that seminal album, Tenement Kid cuts a righteous path through a decade lost to Thatcherism and saved by acid house. Gillespie certainly has a high enough opinion of his music, but of course excess and indulgence are good ways of disguising or distracting from largely mediocre music. I can understand that he has to slow down his Glasgow accent so folk from elsewhere can understand him (I have the same accent) but OH MY GOD!Born into a working class Glaswegian family in the summer of 1961, Bobby’s memoirs begin in the district of Springburn, soon to be evacuated in Edward Heath’s brutal slum clearances. There’s a load more I could say here, particularly on his sharp analysis of how movements like punk and acid house emerge, coalesce, expand and finally stagnate.

Readers will be astonished by the detail in his memoir, the extraordinary rolling energy of his prose, and his warmth, gratitude and performerly wisdom . The real fear of elites in England is that, if Scotland is independent, at a stroke, there’s no royal family, no House of Lords, no Eton.Gillespie takes the reader on a step by step process of everything and explains the roles all the characters have and what they are doing now.

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