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Creation stories: riots, raves and running a label

Creation stories: riots, raves and running a label

McGee, Alan, author

Alan McGee's role in shaping British culture over the past 30 years is hard to overstate. As founder of Creation Records he brought us the music that defined an era. A charismatic Glaswegian who partied just as hard as any of the bands on his notoriously dissolute label, he became a star himself. In 'Creation Stories' he tells his story for the first time, from leaving school at 16 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 23

Paperback, Book. English.
Published London: Pan Books, 2014

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Statement of responsibility: Alan McGee
ISBN: 1447225910, 9781447225911
Note: Originally published: London: Sidgwick & Jackson, 2013.
Note: Includes index.
Physical Description: x, 325 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (black and white, and colour) ; 20 cm
Subject: Biography.; McGee, Alan.; Sound recording executives and producers Great Britain Biography.; Creation Records (Firm)

Author note

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.


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||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||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||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||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

Back cover copy

Alan McGee is the charismatic, outspoken founder of Creation Records; a man who survived a tough upbringing in seventies Glasgow to become one of the most influential figures in British music. In his honest, entertaining and often hilarious memoir he takes us behind the scenes at his notoriously hedonistic label as he provokes riots with the Jesus and Mary Chain, is almost bankrupted by My Bloody Valentine, keeps the faith with Primal Scream, conquers the world with Oasis, becomes a figurehead for Britpop and manages the Libertines. Crammed with brilliant stories, and set against Alan's dramatic drug-induced breakdown and gradual recovery, this is a classic rock memoir by a true maverick with a passion for music that never left him.

'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' NME

'It's fast and loose and as insane as the label, full of great anecdotes and machine gun prose . . . it doesn't flinch from the truth' John Robb