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Founded by Alan McGee in 1983, Creation Records achieved notoriety as the home of Primal Scream, the Jesus and Mary Chain and other anti-Establishment acts. During the Britpop boom of the mid-90s, the astonishing success of Oasis brought Creation fame on the world stage. In 1999, however, McGee announced his shock departure as his label's influence over a generation of Bri Founded by Alan McGee in 1983, Creation Records achieved notoriety as the home of Primal Scream, the Jesus and Mary Chain and other anti-Establishment acts. During the Britpop boom of the mid-90s, the astonishing success of Oasis brought Creation fame on the world stage. In 1999, however, McGee announced his shock departure as his label's influence over a generation of British music came to a confusing and disappointing end.


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Founded by Alan McGee in 1983, Creation Records achieved notoriety as the home of Primal Scream, the Jesus and Mary Chain and other anti-Establishment acts. During the Britpop boom of the mid-90s, the astonishing success of Oasis brought Creation fame on the world stage. In 1999, however, McGee announced his shock departure as his label's influence over a generation of Bri Founded by Alan McGee in 1983, Creation Records achieved notoriety as the home of Primal Scream, the Jesus and Mary Chain and other anti-Establishment acts. During the Britpop boom of the mid-90s, the astonishing success of Oasis brought Creation fame on the world stage. In 1999, however, McGee announced his shock departure as his label's influence over a generation of British music came to a confusing and disappointing end.

30 review for The Creation Records Story: My Magpie Eyes Are Hungry for the Prize

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ben Winch

    Anything that gives me more insight into the early years of the Jesus and Mary Chain is always going to get a thumbs up from me. This isn't a great book but it is essential for fans of Creation Records, being the only salient and exhaustive book on that subject so far produced. And it's not bad. The most important facts are there, and a whiff of the era, of the lifestyle. File it with The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle as a treatise on kamikaze rock management.

  2. 4 out of 5

    MacDara Conroy

    The Oasis bits aside - they're as tiresome to read about as they are to look at or listen to - this is a fitting overview of a label that played a significant role in defining the independent music scene in the UK from the 1980s onwards. It's a bit rushed in the latter stages, but it's well worth a read for anyone interested in the machinations of the music industry.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Tom

    The story of indie, told through the prism of Creation Records, gathered from many interviews with the musicians, scenesters, journalists and fans who were there on the way through. It takes you on a long trip, starting with punk rock hitting Glasgow in 1976, leading through the many years of scuffling, Creation Records shoving out any old rough mix by The Jazz Butcher to have new product for "The Kids" to keep some turnover rolling for the business. Then Alan McGee has his breakthrough - he mee The story of indie, told through the prism of Creation Records, gathered from many interviews with the musicians, scenesters, journalists and fans who were there on the way through. It takes you on a long trip, starting with punk rock hitting Glasgow in 1976, leading through the many years of scuffling, Creation Records shoving out any old rough mix by The Jazz Butcher to have new product for "The Kids" to keep some turnover rolling for the business. Then Alan McGee has his breakthrough - he meets Oasis, sells them to the world, and it ends with McGee coming through rehab and Oasis conquering stadiums. Many great anecdotes, and many great bands who fell by the wayside get another 3 minutes of fame. Like all great music books, it makes you want to listen again to some of them - the Weather Prophets records stand up particularly well.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Killian

    An incredibly detailed book, particularly on the pre-Oasis years. A book for music nerds and one of THE best music books

  5. 4 out of 5

    Robert

    One of the best music books dealing with a record label. In the 80's young, bored Alan McGee started a label in order to put out music he liked. Little did he know that over the course of 20 or so odd years Creation would be a label that spawned a lot of game changers in the indie world. Like all labels there were humble beginnings. Starting out with twee pop Creation built a repertoire of being the best label to have jangly music. As the 80's turned into the 90's McGee was getting luckier and s One of the best music books dealing with a record label. In the 80's young, bored Alan McGee started a label in order to put out music he liked. Little did he know that over the course of 20 or so odd years Creation would be a label that spawned a lot of game changers in the indie world. Like all labels there were humble beginnings. Starting out with twee pop Creation built a repertoire of being the best label to have jangly music. As the 80's turned into the 90's McGee was getting luckier and soon he had Primal Scream, My Bloody Valentine and Ride all delivering classic albums which are still hailed today. Not to mention the other bands such as Swervedriver, Slowdive, The Boo Radleys, Teenage Fanclub and The House of Love By the mid 90's McGee had a bad drug habit but he also signed the almighty Oasis, who then made Creation the hippest label ever. After that Super Furry Animals were signed and then one bad choice after another until the label folded into 2000. This book meticulously details it all. The rise and fall. Not one fact is out of place and Cavanagh manages to sneak tons of brilliant anecdotes. To date no other music book has managed to achieve this, so yes try seek this out. You will be inspired.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Mikebee

    not quite a juicy as i might have wanted, but with its scope being as wide as 'Creation Records' and Alan Mcgee, there's too much history to cover to get too detailed. that said, this is a fascinating account of Scottish nutter Mcgee's journey from surly music nerd to super rich and famous surly music nerd. hehe, i keed. worth it for all the goods on the Jesus & Mary Chain, My Bloody Valentine, Ride, Primal Scream, Oasis & more. I particularly enjoyed the revelation that Kevin Shields had origin not quite a juicy as i might have wanted, but with its scope being as wide as 'Creation Records' and Alan Mcgee, there's too much history to cover to get too detailed. that said, this is a fascinating account of Scottish nutter Mcgee's journey from surly music nerd to super rich and famous surly music nerd. hehe, i keed. worth it for all the goods on the Jesus & Mary Chain, My Bloody Valentine, Ride, Primal Scream, Oasis & more. I particularly enjoyed the revelation that Kevin Shields had originally wanted to accompany My Bloody Valentine gigs with trays full of amyl nitrate at the front of the stage and huge fans blowing the fumes into the crowd. oh, yes. this book is extremely long but ultimately worth it for devotees. dude practically invented 'indie rock'!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Steven

    Although there wasn't nearly enough Slowdive esp. how Creation Records suddenly pulled-out its funding for their North American tour which the band paid for themselves (albeit in a much smaller/fewer city tour- where they were absolutely amazing in case you missed it) this book was still fascinating esp. for anyone who has had or has Creation bands take up consider playing time on the stereo and in the head.

  8. 4 out of 5

    russell barnes

    Second time round and it's a much better read: McGee is still an awful awful man, and a McGee wired on coke is ten times worse, but the benefits of hindsight make you realise he was much sharper than he's given credit for in terms of understanding where the music industry was going. A&R-wise though he was lucky - for every Oasis there were 12 Jasmine Minks. Second time round and it's a much better read: McGee is still an awful awful man, and a McGee wired on coke is ten times worse, but the benefits of hindsight make you realise he was much sharper than he's given credit for in terms of understanding where the music industry was going. A&R-wise though he was lucky - for every Oasis there were 12 Jasmine Minks.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jeremy

    I'm going to add my name to the overly long list of people who call this the best music biography of the last decade. It is a long long book and the obsessive details about the Jesus and Mary Chain, Ride, Primal Scream and My Bloody Valentine might be a bit much for some...but if you even halfway like 80s/90s indie, this book is insanely good.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Eric

    An exhaustive, incredible telling of the history of Creation Records (and through it, much of the British indie scene). Spends much of its length discussing the lesser-known (and infinitely more interesting) early years of the label (The Loft for the win!). It was also nice to see The Legend! get the credit he deserves for his early contributions to Creation.

  11. 5 out of 5

    K.

    I first got this book in uni and never finished it, and now I know why. Surprisingly dry and filled with sales figures and financial details. The introduction states the book was "commissioned" - does this explain the passionless tone? And I'm still in the dark about Emily and Les Zarjaz. This book was 750+ pages. I feel that I wasted my April.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Matt

    An amazing book (until it gets to the bit where Oasis get famous). Reading about how much of a dick Guy Chadwick was (and probably still is) is great, as is Alan McGee's child-like fascination with the internet: "...this Internet thing is really gonna kick off!"

  13. 5 out of 5

    Mark

    Thorough history of the record label that dominated the Britpop years. A tale of junkies, geniuses, nutters, coke, lots of money, Primal Scream and Oasis. Noel Gallagher left Oasis while I was reading the book.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Keith

    Really informative book about legendary UK record label: Creation Records. A bit lengthy, but has some good stories of popular label acts such as Oasis and Primal Scream.

  15. 5 out of 5

    christopher

    Maybe the best music book I've ever read. Something hilarious happens every five pages.

  16. 4 out of 5

    James

    Exhaustive analysis of Creation's business practices. Gives some interesting insights into Alan McGee's breakdown and the recording of MBV's Loveless!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Count No Count

    There has been a lot of cross-talk about the real cost of Loveless.

  18. 4 out of 5

    brian

    jeezuschrist, this book is thick.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Brendan

    Oasis resuscitate Creation, kill Britpop.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Andrew Thompson

    Excellent and impartial account of the rise and fall of Creation Records and its charismatic owner Alan McGee. Much better than Paolo Hewitt's risible book.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jon Garrett

  22. 4 out of 5

    melanie berlin

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kingbosh

  24. 5 out of 5

    Adriano

  25. 4 out of 5

    David Macnamara

  26. 5 out of 5

    Dan Mcevoy

  27. 4 out of 5

    Mark Harris

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kevin Smith

  29. 4 out of 5

    Tom

  30. 4 out of 5

    Lance

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