His career has been an eclectic one - and now Bobby Gillespie is set to tell his story in his own words.
The musician, best known for fronting rock band Primal Scream since 1982, will publish his first memoir 'Tenement Kid' this October.
It's set to document the 58-year-old's childhood in Glasgow in the 1960s and 1970s, and his foray into music - including a stint in The Jesus and Mary Chain. He was the drummer in that band for a two-year period from 1984 - 1986, as well as fronting his own band Primal Scream at the same time. It will end with the band's iconic album 'Screamadelica', released in 1991, and its subsequent tour.
The memoir will document “a decade lost to Thatcherism and saved by acid house,” according to the press release - which added: "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 himself said:
"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."
The book will be published on October 28th.