Alan McGee, one of the UK’s independent music scene’s most colourful and influential figures, has released his first ever memoir, detailing the highs and lows of a career which has left an indelible mark on the history of independent music and popular culture in the UK.
The founder and owner of iconic independent record label, Creation Records, McGee’s memoir charts an incredible and unique career, and sees him open up about everything from discovering Oasis, to having his partner ‘pestered’ at a dinner party by none other than Jimmy Savile.
He also writes, with typical candor, about the raves and excesses which became synonymous with his time at the record label; including his much publicised addiction to drugs, and the nervous breakdown which came about as a result of this.
The enduring legacy of bands discovered by Creation records is almost impossible to overstate; from the all-conquering Britpop of Oasis, to the influential noise rock of My Bloody Valentine and Jesus and Mary Chain, through to Primal Scream’s zeitgeist-capturing Screamdelica, which became the unlikely soundtrack to the birth of his daughter, who McGee cites as his greatest achievement.
Watch our video in which McGee discusses his initial impressions of Oasis frontmen the Gallagher brothers, his thoughts on Pete Doherty and the challenges of managing The Libertines, and reflects on a career spanning 30 years in music…

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