Creation Stories: Riots, Raves and Running a Label Paperback – Unabridged, 5 Jun 2014
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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)
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)
The outspoken and outrageously entertaining autobiography of the founder of Creation Records.See all Product Description
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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.
I've always thought that Biff Bang Pow were an underrated band, but Mcgee is an over rated writer. I guess we are still waiting for the definitive book on this period.
Its a very quick, easy read and covers most the interesting bands. If you want to delve deeper into Creation records buy the excellent David Cavanagh book 'My Magpie Eyes...'.
This being a rock 'n' roll tome, it has an extraordinary amount of debauchery, drugs, madness, and for most of the participants - including Alan McGee - a breakdown or rehab. Alan's was more spectacular than most and it ultimately resulted in a drink and drugs free recovery. Some books of this type pull their punches but not this one. There are some great stories of Creation's outlaw heyday.
Alan's post-Creation life is also covered, however this is less compelling, but still interesting, in particular his short-lived tenure managing The Libertines (the dysfunctional relationship between Carl Barat and Pete Doherty puts the battling Gallagher brothers completely into the shade).
If you like the music, and you're interesting in the post-punk independent UK music scene, then you will find much to enjoy in Creation Stories: Riots, Raves and Running a Label.
'Creation Stories', then, is a tepid affair at best, offering little insight into Creation's bands or the music and scant self-insight from McGee himself. I guess it's his blunt (at times thuggish) narcissism that makes him think that his talents extent to writing - when they don't, they don't, they don't. There's no narrative propulsion here at all... it's just a long slow sine wave of a tale from 'mediocrity' to 'success' and back to 'mediocrity' again. Having given up on quite a lot of books recently, I stuck with it through to the bitter (bland...) end - but now find myself wishing I hadn't wasted the time.
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Considering the exciting times he's lived through and the experiences he's known, it's a crying shame that this book is so boring and poorly written. Read morePublished 2 months ago by SilentSinger
Was looking for something on oasis and recognized Alan and creation. Great story with tons of interesting tales from times before I liked the bands. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Stuarth