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Alan McGee and the Story of Creation Records: The Ecstasy Romance Cannot Last [Paperback]

Alan McGee , Paolo Hewitt
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21 Sep 2000
At the beginning of 2000 Alan McGee of Creation Records stunned the music business when he announced that he was leaving the label. This is the behind-the-scenes story of Creation and of one man's vision.


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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Mainstream Publishing (21 Sep 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840183500
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840183504
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15.6 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 591,318 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I always saw punk rock as successful", explains Alan McGee, founder of Creation Records--Britain's most notorious independent record label ever. "I saw punk rock as a way to live your life with edge. I'm an obsessive character. And I was obsessed with Creation and keeping it going. I was putting these records out because I had to do it".

Originally a labour of love, founded by Scottish punk-rocker Alan McGee in a London bedsit in the Summer of 1983, Creation Records painstakingly built up a reputation as one of the most consistent indie labels in Britain throughout the 1980s, surfed the wave of acid house throughout the early 1990s and signed Oasis as the star of Britpop began to rise. At the end of the 1990s, the Creation empire crumbled into dust in the face of ever-diminishing financial returns and the hangover from a decade of rabid drug abuse--one which saw McGee, suffering from a number of debilitating cocaine-related breakdowns that almost saw him drop out of the business altogether. Alan McGee and the Story of Creation Records (subtitled "This Ecstasy Romance Cannot Last"), then, is both a biography and an official Creation epitaph, written by sometime Oasis biographer Paulo Hewitt. Hewitt's prose is more instinctive than incisive; the conversations that he has conducted with McGee and a dozen-odd Creation staffers, relatives and hangers-on are written up verbatim, which, on the positive side, makes this an easy, lightweight read. However, this chatty style neatly skirts any serious critical weight, and since few others outside McGee's immediate circle are interviewed (notable absentees include Primal Scream's Bobby Gillespie and Oasis' Noel Gallagher--often referred to in McGee's tales of chemical excess, but irritatingly, never quoted) it occasionally leaves This Ecstacy Romance... feeling like a work in progress.

Undeniably, though, McGee is the fulcrum and it is his fascinating testimony--and weighty ego--that carries the story through. Skirting madness at every turn, Alan McGee and the Story of Creation Records is purest rock'n'roll hedonism, coming straight from the horse's mouth. --Louis Pattison


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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too inside the Creation circle for most? 21 Mar 2002
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Format:Paperback
The book is very unorganised, written as a series of interviews, with almost no sense of chronology.
While the most important bands of Creation are mentioned, one gets little idea of what life at Creation was really like. There is very little focus on the hardships Alan McGee faced when starting Creation. It seems as if he just signed Jesus and the Mary Chain and had an easy time from then on, with very little focus on the horrible financial situation the label was for most of the 80's and early 90's.
Relevant parts to the story, like Alan McGee's imprint label on Warner Brothers (WEA) Records, Elevation, the Creation offshoots, ignition, Rev-Ola and August and Alan McGee's one-time nightclub The Living Room are either skirted around or omitted completely.
For fans of Creation bands the book is redundant, as there is an abundance of information on these bands already online, and for those wishing to know more about the Creation label, it is not in-depth enough. The Cavanagh book, while a good deal longer, is far superior, and is well worth shelling out the extra cash for.
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4.0 out of 5 stars good book 13 April 2007
Format:Paperback
I've read this thing twice now. I really do love it - although at some 650 odd pages it's quite the tome. There are so many anecdotes and observations that I could mention which make the book witty and intelligent. At the Creation parties of the late '80s Guy Chadwick apparently got into the habit of taking all his clothes off - Danny Kelly says it was like having Gollum in the office. Haha. Ok - perhaps not so much witty as disturbing, that one. But you get the drift. There are oodles of interviews and comments from Creation bands and staff, and a lot of compelling points are made. It creates a pretty instructive picture of the label and the times more generally. For better or worse I was sort of appalled by the degree of drug abuse going on. I thought the label was a bit more interesting than that. I do have a fairly major gripe with this book, however - where's the discography?!? Wtf. Seriously - that sucks. A work of this size surely needs a decent appendix.
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4.0 out of 5 stars the Creation of Creation 2 Sep 2007
By Lovblad - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Excellent book on the rise and fall of Creation Records and their founder Alan McGee. Creation was one of those labels where one would wait for every release. They provided us with My Bloody Valentine and Oasis as well as Primal Scream and many others. As with Factory Records it was the case of an incredibly inspired individual who created a label that would define its time and eventually go bancrupt. While to some degree the records that came from Creation are probably less important historically(Factory had Joy Division!), they may have had a more important stylistic and artistic impact (Screamadelica by Primal Scream, Loveless by My Blood Valentine). However this great book, written by former NME writer Paolo Hewitt is better than his other efforts writing about the Jam or Oasis.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 6 July 2009
By Brendan P. Moylan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Very fast delivery. Took within 2 weeks to get to Sydney.
Condition is perfect and as stated..
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