O U T S I D E L E F T   stay i n d e p e n d e n t

Behind the Counterculture #37: Bobby Gillespie

Primal Scream singer looks left and right and waits until its safe to cross

get the weekly Outsideleft newsletter
by Lake, Editor, London for outsideleft.com
originally published: April, 2006
Anecdotes from Behind the Retail Frontline

Mick Jagger impressionist Bobby Gillespie was carrying a pair of  worn out brown Cuban heel shoes in a clear plastic bag. He looked a little tired and stood waiting on the edge of the kerb. A Japanese girl who was in the shop got her camera out and took a photograph from the doorway. After an age he crossed the road. Maybe he was posing for the photo or maybe he couldn't see if there were any cars coming through his lank fringe.

Behind the counterculture is a recurring series of celebrity encounters or near encounters in or close to a West London used book and record store.

Behind the counterculture episodes compiled by Lake

Previously on Behind the Counterculture Paul Weller ⇨

see more stories from outsideleft's Music archive »»

Lake
Editor, London

the first journalism Lake ever had published was a history of Johnny Thunders for Record Collector magazine, since then he has written for publications including the Guardian, Dazed and Confused, the Idler and more recently, outsideleft.com as you have just seen.

more stories you really could read...


thumb through the ancient archives:

search for something you might like...


sign up for the outsideleft weekly. a selection of new and archived stories every week. Or less.

View previous campaigns.

I Can Hear Deborah Alma's Dirty Laundry
Deborah Alma edited the award winning poetry anthology #MeToo, now she has her debut collection Dirty Laundry, published by Nine Arches Press and reads at Waterstones in Birmingham this week
stars, dots and the new junk
New bizzaro boutique label from London town profiled. Noise annoys...
Let Your Hair Down Kathleen Edwards
Critically acclaimed Kathleen Edwards comes to the Glee Club in Birmingham England
And the Oscar goes to... Keira Knightley
Atonement is this summer's most highly anticipated British movie. One of our London correspondents has seen it already. Wait a minute, it's a 15 certificate should she have even been allowed in there...
Mark Hollis - A Life
Jason Lewis remembers the late and uncompromisingly great Mark Hollis
Hot Ginger's 5 Alternative Xmas Swing Tunes
Every Black Friday we dust down our copy of Ella Wishes You A Swinging Christmas LP and play it pretty relentlessly throughout the holiday season. This year we asked the paleontologists of the platters Andy and Stephen from Hot Ginger, to offer a few alternatives...
Some of our favorite things...