Creation Stories: Riots, Raves and Running a Label

Creation Stories: Riots, Raves and Running a Label

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By (author) Alan McGee

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  • Publisher: Sidgwick & Jackson Ltd
  • Format: Hardback | 336 pages
  • Dimensions: 164mm x 242mm x 28mm | 620g
  • Publication date: 7 November 2013
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 028307177X
  • ISBN 13: 9780283071775
  • Edition: Unabridged
  • Edition statement: Unabridged
  • Sales rank: 149,688

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Alan McGee's role in shaping British musical culture over the past thirty years is hard to overstate. As the founder of Creation Records he brought us the bands that defined an era. A charismatic Glaswegian who partied just as hard as any of the acts on his notoriously hedonistic label, he became an infamous character in the world of music. In Creation Stories he tells his story in depth for the first time, from leaving school at sixteen to setting up the Living Room club in London which showcased many emerging indie bands, from managing the Jesus and Mary Chain to co-founding Creation when he was only twenty-three. His label brought us acts like My Bloody Valentine, House of Love, Ride and, of course, Primal Scream. Embracing acid house, Alan decamped to Manchester and hung out at the Hacienda, and took Creation into the big time with Screamadelica. His drug-induced breakdown, when it came was dramatic. But as he climbed back to sobriety, he oversaw Oasis's rise to become one of the biggest bands in the world. Alan himself becoming one of the figureheads of Britpop. Having sold the label to Sony to stave off bankruptcy, he became disenchanted with the increasingly corporate ethos and left in 1999. Since then he's continued to be an influential figure in the music industry, managing the Libertines and most recently setting up a new label, 359 Music, with Cherry Red.

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Alan McGee was the co-founder Creation Records, which he ran from 1983 to 1999, and the Poptones label. After running Poptones for a number of years, in 2013 he set up a new label, 359 Music, in conjunction with Cherry Red. He has also managed bands like the Jesus and Mary Chain, Primal Scream and the Libertines and is a popular DJ who pulls in the crowds in cities as diverse as Liverpool, Mexico City and Tokyo.

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'A true believer in the power of music and more importantly a believer in the people that make music. He gave me, and many more like me, a chance to change my life. A pity he supports Rangers' Noel Gallagher 'McGee was our Malcolm McLaren and Tony Wilson. An instigator and motivator, a born upsetter. I've never met anyone like him and neither have you. This is his story' Bobby Gillespie 'McGee is a true believer and a complete one-off. I doubt anyone else could have built an entity like Creation and ran it for so long, making it all up as they went along. Essential reading for anyone interested in the heady, vulgar, marvellous miasma of British music and culture in the nineties, before it was all swamped by the surgical spirit sterility of the global marketplace' Irvine Welsh 'In the 1980's Alan McGee saved British music by pumping ambition, passion and chaos into the independent scene. Without him Go West and Living In A Box would have won. A brilliant read for anyone interested in music' James Brown 'It's fast and loose and as insane as the label, full of great anecdotes and machine gun prose - it tells it like it was and it doesn't flinch from the truth' John Robb From mixing sound for My Bloody Valentine on mushrooms, via driving motorists off the road by commissioning billboard posters of Kevin Rowland flashing his pants, to escorting Carl Barat to A&E with one eyeball hanging out of its socket, the book bursts with tall-but-true tales ... McGee's delivery of the dark moments he couldn't talk his way out of is just as powerful ... another dazzling performance. NME McGee's infamous frankness [is] to the fore as he dishes the dirt on the sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll that surrounded him, his label and his bands for a long time ... Self-aware, brutally honest and full of passion, this is a book that cuts to the heart of the music industry with style. Big Issue