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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Looked forward to this for ages!
I would imagine that this is the sort of book that you wouldn't buy your granny for Christmas, but then if you know who Alan McGee is then you probably know roughly what to expect!

Very much a grim start to his life in the 60's in Glasgow and he doesn't hold back on this part of the story, I think this shows why he became so driven and broke free like he did...
Published 9 months ago by Movetotheleft

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2.0 out of 5 stars No mention of Primal Scream...? Huh?
Bit of a strange one this. I was hugely looking forward to this book, I'm a big fan of Creation Records - even in their early days when they were named Cherry Records.
However..... plenty of errors/ommissions :

No mention of Primal Scream? It's as if they've been whitewashed from Creation's history!
FOUR chapters on 18 Wheeler? Come on. They were a...
Published 9 months ago by Count St Germain


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5.0 out of 5 stars Looked forward to this for ages!, 13 Nov 2013
I would imagine that this is the sort of book that you wouldn't buy your granny for Christmas, but then if you know who Alan McGee is then you probably know roughly what to expect!

Very much a grim start to his life in the 60's in Glasgow and he doesn't hold back on this part of the story, I think this shows why he became so driven and broke free like he did. Perhaps this energy and drive also partially propelled him to the inevitable crash (that isn't a spoiler by the way - there's much more to the book than that chapter of his life!)....

This is jam-packed with stories from his time from the formation of Creation Records, Britpop, the gigs, the parties , the drugs, drink and the rockstars. He is very matter-of-fact about his life but humble with it and despite the prolific use of drugs and more latterly drink, he doesn't seem to have been too warped by the experience and perhaps offers a cautionary tone to others who might read his path.

He is a true raconteur and anyone who has an interest in the bands that he was involved in will love this book. His writing style is easy going (even if some might find the content a little uncomfortable at times) and perfectly captures the dizzying highs and terrifying lows of life in the music fast lane.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant book, 14 Jan 2014
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This is a riveting read. Highly recommended. A great autobiography which covers the music industry and some of the most iconic bands of our generation.
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4.0 out of 5 stars RAW, HONEST & ENGAGING, 20 Jun 2014
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A fascinating rollercoaster ride with no punches pulled. Raw and visceral and not for the faint hearted. From mad for it to just happy to be here.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ace, I got annoyed at feeling too tired to read anymore., 6 Mar 2014
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Loved this, Not a fan of most of the music but Alan McGee has a great story to tell. And it is told so well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars All time favorite., 2 Mar 2014
While interpeting,both Alan Mcgee and the readers perspective,furnished a very pleasant and thrillseeking invice to the awe-inspiring Music-Entertainment Buisness.Read at every pleasures need!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic insight into the life of a label executive, 29 Jan 2014
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Alan McGee is known for giving Primal Scream and Oasis to the world, but this excellently-written book gives so much more about the trials of running a record label when competing against majors and also how the music business has changed. I enjoyed the anecdotes and the chaos of his earlier life as well as his self-awareness and realisation that the music could still be great without the drink and drugs. This is a great insight into the business itself and is tightly-written - there is no fat that needed to be edited out, I really enjoyed every page.
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5.0 out of 5 stars You made me realize, 16 Jan 2014
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Good read apart from the fact that my own contribution to rock and roll history as the founding member of the Drains is omitted...It took McGee and Gillespie to replace me!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great bands , great stories , great label, 8 Dec 2013
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Loved the book , along with factory , creation soundtracked my youth . If tony Wilson or Alan McGee told you it was good , it normally was
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9 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars legend in his own right, 10 Nov 2013
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Witty, factual, entertaining and yet very down to earth. He narrates really well and makes the reader feel with him what he is going through, his adventures, his business and his private life. It is very hard to read in parts and at the beginning of the book I wanted to scoop the young Alan out and just protect him. School was not his forte as a child Alan thought all teachers were wankers, and his families ambition for him was to be a cab driver.

From a young age Alan showed great entrepreneurial skills, he was the kid at the age of 14 filling donuts with jam in Glasgow, and soon discovered the thrill of making extra money on a paper round, when he would turn up an hour earlier than everyone else and sell them all. With his extra money Alan started going to gigs and soon fell in love with live music.

You will find yourself burning with enthusiasm after reading this and racking your brain to think of some venture into which you can fling your energy. That is the great attraction of this book.

If the name Alan Mcgee stands for anything it should stand for innovation. He's the music industry's dream maker and the man who gives people something to look forward to. He's made people with talent believe in him, because he believes in them. He gives off an image of love and that's a nice way to be. He's not even one in a million, he is the only one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars count st germain, 23 April 2014
What book are you reading?????. Gillispie was McGee's best mate. Level 42???. You haven't a clue you as silly boy.. Creation records got it right . Brilliant book. Creation bands sadly looked over but a far better scene than britpop.
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