Alan McGee

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Scotland's Stars on 45

(18) Comments | Posted 22 September 2014 | (00:27)

I don't really think 45% wanting the union to end is really a renewal. And with the other 55% mostly being close to exiting in the next 20 years if things don't get better for normal people what do you think may happen?

By the way, it's neither here nor...

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Vote Yes For the Future Kids of Scotland

(24) Comments | Posted 17 September 2014 | (00:00)

A friend of mine in Glasgow was late for his work last Saturday, and had to catch the train to Queen Street instead of Central as normal. He was thinking, 'I can hoof it down Buchanan Street, turn onto St Vincent and along down to Central'. Even on a Saturday...

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My Return to the Music Industry With My New Label 359 Music

(2) Comments | Posted 7 August 2013 | (00:00)

It's been a busy six months and there have been many revelations. Where to start? I have started a label called 359 Music with my old friend Iain McNay from Cherry Red. Iain has been around since the start; he signed my songs as a publisher 33 years ago. There...

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Embarking on Making My First Movie 'Kubricks' and My Possible Return to the Music Industry

(3) Comments | Posted 8 May 2012 | (00:00)

Well interesting times indeed, Sarkozy dumped and a massive swing to the right in Greece and the French election (just like our own) is sort of pointless. It is basically a rigged game to see who gets to tell the population the bad news! Although the Greece election is a...

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Kurt Cobain R.I.P

(18) Comments | Posted 5 April 2012 | (00:00)

Kurt Cobain passed 18 years ago and like when John Lennon passed, I was genuinely devastated.

I was also in bad shape at that point. I ran into Kurt on a few occasions with Teenage Fanclub when they toured together in 1992/93. It was around that time I first...

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I Don't Trust the BBC and Neither Should You

(66) Comments | Posted 20 February 2012 | (23:00)

I seem to have been in Wales for months now and as ever loving it. Serious hibernation mode has set in and because of that, in the last week I've managed to re-read the Book of the Law by Aleister Crowley, then yesterday Liber Kaos by Peter J Carroll and...

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Reflections on a Rough Childhood in Glasgow

(6) Comments | Posted 5 February 2012 | (23:00)

For the virtual complete silence I now live in now in rural Wales and city life seems another life time ago. This is where I have been in basically virtual hibernation the last four months and I'm loving it. However, I get about this month a little - weather permitting...

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In Favour of Drugs

(34) Comments | Posted 25 January 2012 | (23:00)

With all the recent talk by Sir Richard Branson about decriminalising drugs, it made me think about the three big moments in my life which changed me, or even (if you like) opened my third eye.

In November 1988, I was in NYC with a friend who was doing some...

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Joe Strummer RIP: 21 August 1952 - 22 December 2002

(5) Comments | Posted 21 December 2011 | (23:00)

Today sees the ninth anniversary of the death of a legend and hero to not only me, but a whole generation.

That legend was Joe Strummer - born John Graham Mellor - and his band was The Clash.

The Clash live were the most exciting rock 'n' roll band in...

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Phone Hacking: Why I Turned Down Compensation From News of the World

(2) Comments | Posted 11 December 2011 | (23:00)

Some good news to start off with regards to Dan Treacy of the Television Personalities. After being in a coma for five weeks, he has finally came round. His sister posted the following update on his Facebook page: "Fantastic news, Daniel is out of ITU and making great progress. Daniel...

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Why Would I Want to Own John Lennon's Rotten Tooth?

(6) Comments | Posted 20 November 2011 | (22:00)

Let's start with something for the record.

A couple of weeks back the NME published a story saying that I had sold a tooth of John Lennon's in an auction. It's a funny story, but it's not true.

They then also ran a piece regarding my...

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News of the World Phone Hacking Saga: If the Police Want To Get Serious, Bring it on!

(4) Comments | Posted 13 November 2011 | (22:00)

My thoughts remain with my good friend Daniel Treacy of the band TV Personalities, who is still in a critical condition in hospital. The family are keeping everyone updated as best they can. Patricia, his sister, posted the following update to his Facebook wall recently:

"There has been no...

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Phone Hacking: Now I'm Involved in the News of the World Scandal

(5) Comments | Posted 6 November 2011 | (22:00)

I recently returned to Wales after a trip to London and as I stepped foot through the door, I was greeted with a letter from the the Metropolitan Police in London. It turns out that my name has popped up in the News of the World phone hacking case and...

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Jimmy Savile, Reflections on Creation and the Fight for Hay-On-Wye's Future

(2) Comments | Posted 30 October 2011 | (23:00)

Further to the last blog, I am sorry to say there's still no good news on my good friend Dan Treacy of TV Personalities. Let's all continue to hope he pulls through.

I'd also like to pay my respects and say R.I.P. to Sir Jimmy Savile, who died on...

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I Never Believed in Indie or Ever Claimed That I Did

(2) Comments | Posted 20 October 2011 | (00:00)

My old friend of 28 years, Daniel Treacy, is currently in an induced coma after a five hour operation to remove a blood clot to his brain. If anybody knows anything about Creation we, along with many others, owe a lot to the inspiration of Daniel and his band Television...

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The War Against Consensus Reality Continues

(0) Comments | Posted 28 September 2011 | (00:00)

After seven weeks of chasing my tail half way around the world I am finally in my house back home in my adopted country - Wales.

As you may know I live in the middle of nowhere in south Wales, a place where it's a good 40 minutes journey...

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Take a Walk on the Wild Side

(3) Comments | Posted 19 September 2011 | (00:00)

I love technology, and since the internet came to life, the world become a much smaller place. My Blackberry crashed in Japan not that long ago back in August, but through Facebook could just about contact everybody I needed to get hold of. So that is the upside of this...

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I Have no Issue With PIAS but I do Hate Sony

(5) Comments | Posted 12 September 2011 | (00:00)

I am flying back to Tokyo overnight after five days in Australia giving a keynote speech and one DJ slot. By default setting, I managed to go from being a relatively unknown retired British rock'n'roll manager to some kind of enfant terrible and straight on to Australia's front pages. All...

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Alan McGee: The Midflight Musings of a Music Svengali

(1) Comments | Posted 7 September 2011 | (15:12)

I am currently onboard a plane on my way to Australia flying from Tokyo and can't sleep so am doing this blog.

I am 50 years old and used to be in the music business. I never ever went to Australia back in the day, even though I seemed to...

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