Alan Mcgee

Alias Kid, Banging Their Own Drum

Jason Holmes | Posted 18.12.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jason Holmes

These are men of the north country, a happy band of brothers who have staked their future on one roll of the dice. Or so it would seem were it not for the man who has stepped in to back the musical endeavours of Manchester-based band, Alias Kid. 

SNP's Alex Salmond Has Been Demonised by Westminster for the Simple Reason He Is Smarter and Sharper Than the Opposition

Alan McGee | Posted 18.11.2014 | UK Politics
Alan McGee

One in 50 of the Scottish population is now an SNP member, and that is remarkable, and was a figure unachievable before Eck took control again. The only way to change things politically is to take the battle into the streets, and that is why the SNP will win. All of us have a part to play at the GE next year, no matter how small or insignificant we think it is.

What Have Scottish Labour Ever Done for Scotland? Quite a Lot Actually!

John McTernan | Posted 11.11.2014 | UK Politics
John McTernan

What have the Romans ever done for us? It's one of the funniest Monty Python routines and it is still relevant - it's the oldest and the newest complaint in politics. Now we have Alan McGee getting in on the act in a recent blog.

Gordon Brown and David Cameron Have a Lot in Common

Alan McGee | Posted 14.12.2014 | UK Politics
Alan McGee

Scotland has been completely ignored in this so called debate. It is just another spat between the Westminster parties. Scotland is watching. And those that voted no a few weeks ago won't be fooled or frightened again.

Scottish Independence Is Coming - It's Not If It's When!

Alan McGee | Posted 11.12.2014 | UK Politics
Alan McGee

The priority now is to build up the SNP, make sure it gets a big majority in the next election and then have another referendum.

SNP Membership Now at 100,000 Members!

Alan McGee | Posted 05.12.2014 | UK Politics
Alan McGee

The SNP membership is up by 75,000 since the vote and already people across Scotland are planning for how we can obtain independence as quickly as possible. When 71% of teenagers vote yes, it is only a matter of time... and how. If anyone seriously believes this matter is finished, it isn't far from it.

Scotland's Stars on 45

Alan McGee | Posted 21.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Alan McGee

Social media is already alive and dangerous, as more and more Scots who have been galvanised by the referendum, are going to keep up the need for change. They have stood up, and they will be counted.

Vote Yes For the Future Kids of Scotland

Alan McGee | Posted 16.11.2014 | UK Politics
Alan McGee

People are waking up, and the BBC and the Labour Party can't stop them. History is within Scotland's grasp, a beautiful and inspiring climax; self-determination is possible. If it's a YES, we can see a great renaissance and a new age in Scotland. Maybe the next Alan McGee of the 21st Century won't have to go to London to make his mark in the world, and I believe in that.

Are Oasis On Schedule For Their Reunion?

The Huffington Post UK | Caroline Frost | Posted 28.08.2014 | UK Entertainment

Five years ago today, the band Oasis split for good, which means - according to former Creation Records boss Alan McGee - they're due to reunite any m...

Svengali - Film Review

Clive Botting | Posted 19.05.2014 | UK Entertainment
Clive Botting

Dixie (Jonny Owen), a postman from South Wales is a music fanatic and dreams of discovering the best band of all time and then one day, trawling through YouTube, he finds 'The Premature Congratulations'. This will be Dixie's dream come true.

Chris Grant: Making Room at the Top of a Music Industry In Flux

Jason Holmes | Posted 06.11.2013 | UK Entertainment
Jason Holmes

'I'd worked for 10 to 15 years to hone my writing before I stumbled across Alan McGee,' he says of his recent signing to 359 Music. 'Alan told me I was good, so I worked harder to get better.' 

Pete MacLeod and the 359 Music Manifesto

Jason Holmes | Posted 02.11.2013 | UK Entertainment
Jason Holmes

London also overflows with those who are damned by their own cultural impoverishment. People of taste, therefore, wait for the upturn, and only the likes of Creation Records and 359-founder McGee - that is, those who stand firm in a sea of philistines - can lead the way.

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

Alan McGee | Posted 06.10.2013 | UK Entertainment
Alan McGee

It's actually been great fun so far. You can run a record company from Wales by a Blackberry and a MacBook as technology has made where you are based irrelevant - well as long as you have the right partner and Cherry Red are a brilliant one.

Gun Club Cemetery-Alan McGee Returns to the Music Business

Jason Holmes | Posted 21.09.2013 | UK Entertainment
Jason Holmes

Alan McGee the man who gave us Oasis, Primal Scream and The Jesus and Mary Chain on Creation Records, has returned to the musical fold, which - for anyone even remotely interested in British music - is a welcome development.

Jonny Owen: The Brains Behind 'Svengali', Premiering at the Edinburgh Film Festival

Jason Holmes | Posted 21.08.2013 | UK Entertainment
Jason Holmes

The film tells the story of Dixie (Jonny Owen), a postman from South Wales who all his life has dreamed of discovering a great band. One day, while surfing YouTube, he finds them: The Premature Congratulations. He hunts them down and offers them his management services.

Irvine Welsh and the Freedom of a Blank Page

Gia Marie Barbera | Posted 15.01.2013 | Home
Gia Marie Barbera

Does he consider himself a Film writer or a novelist? "I'm just a storyteller really I don't really see the importance in the difference in the medium. I like books, I love them. "

The Sex Pistols: Never Mind The B*******, Re-released After 35 Years

Jason Holmes | Posted 18.11.2012 | UK Entertainment
Jason Holmes

Steve raises his voice, a bit of the old punk rage perhaps asserting itself again after all these years. "You had to work to go and see a band back in '77, had to get off your arse and go to a gig, and then go to a record store to purchase the product. There was a lot more work involved. Now it's just mindless consumption."

The Independent Session

Gia Marie Barbera | Posted 06.09.2012 | UK Entertainment
Gia Marie Barbera

When I launched the Online Magazine The Independent Session, I didn't think for one second there had to be an A-lister on the show. I am an unknown, a...

Post Traumatic Festival

Kate Holmes | Posted 19.06.2012 | Home
Kate Holmes

The busiest 10 days of Hay On Wye 2012 has now passed as the town is left in a kind of post apocalyptic mess of muddy fields, empty portaloos and dirty windswept awnings leftover from the Hay Literary Festival.

Tales From the Middle of Nowhere (Vol. 2): Where I'm Hot in Japan

Noel Gallagher | Posted 25.07.2012 | UK Entertainment
Noel Gallagher

Did a show a couple of days ago at the Budokan. Quite a prestigious gig. Bob Dylan played here back in the day as did a little known band from Liverpool called The Beatles. It's quite a big deal. Up there with Madison Square Gardens, Wembley Stadium, the Hollywood Bowl and erm... the Boardwalk!!

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

Alan McGee | Posted 07.07.2012 | UK Entertainment
Alan McGee

Escalier 39, my new film company with Dean Cavanagh, makes its first real-life movie next month Kubricks which will be shot in the grounds of my gaff in Wales... The musical with Irvine Welsh and Dean Cavanagh now looks back on and as I write, meetings are being put in place to get it moving along...and speaking of meetings, I am also going to meet some people in Japan who want to bring me back into music.

Kurt Cobain R.I.P

Alan McGee | Posted 04.06.2012 | UK Entertainment
Alan McGee

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 met Courtney Love, Kurt's then partner. What's sad is he had really only just begun in music. I think some people just handle that level of attention better than others, and I think Kurt found it not just difficult, but impossible.

I Don't Trust the BBC and Neither Should You

Alan McGee | Posted 21.04.2012 | UK Entertainment
Alan McGee

Don't let them define your reality... if 80,000 people attacked the Iranian government building it would be called a revolution yet when it happens in Greece it's called a protest. I don't trust anything the BBC tell me and neither should you.

Reflections on a Rough Childhood in Glasgow

Alan McGee | Posted 06.04.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Alan McGee

In truth, I grew up in a violent household, just like most Glaswegian households of that era - no more or less really than any other from that time. I ended up getting 16 stitches in the back of my head after a bit of parenting from my dad when I was 15 for being cheeky. My mum and gran used to smash me about as well, it was just a different time then in the 60s and 70s.

Drugs - Legal and Illegal but All Rather Stimulating

Simon Napier-Bell | Posted 01.04.2012 | UK Entertainment
Simon Napier-Bell

Last week Sir Richard Branson and Alan McGee were amongst people who wrote pieces in favour of decriminalising illegal drugs. They both say they once used them but don't now. My position is different; I'm an addict. At least, I think I am, though not of anything illegal.