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on 21 March 2002
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.
on 13 April 2007
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.