Monorail Music and Mono present:
Bobby Gillespie, Tenement Kid, Live.
Standard Ticket: £10
Book & Ticket Bundle: £25
Date: Wednesday, December 8th, 2021
Please be advised that your ticket or ticket bundle will be available to collect on the door. Please aim to arrive by 7:30pm to allow plenty of time to collect your purchase.
Bobby Gillespie will be in conversation with Mogwai’s Stuart Braithwaite about Tenement Kid, his sensational, acclaimed memoir about growing up in Glasgow and Primal Scream’s rise to fame. The event will be followed by a Dj Set by DJ Andrew Divine.
Bobby Gillespie is a singer, songwriter and founder member of the rock and roll band Primal Scream. The band’s origins are in the city of Glasgow. They have released 11 albums including major hits, ‘Loaded’, ‘Rocks’, ‘Country Girl’ and ‘Kowalski’.
Tenement Kid is Bobby Gillespie’s story up to the recording and release of the album that has been credited with ‘starting the 90’s’, Screamadelica.
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. 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 initially in the Jesus and Mary Chain then in Primal Scream.
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 one of the most innovative British bands 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. Published thirty years after release of their masterpiece, Bobby Gillespie’s memoir cuts a righteous path through a decade lost to Thatcherism and saved by acid house.