Alan Mcgee

Vote Yes For the Future Kids of Scotland

Alan_McGee | Posted 16.09.2014 | UK Politics

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

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

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

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

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

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.

In Favour of Drugs

Alan_McGee | Posted 26.03.2012 | UK

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. What people ingest is up to them, but for me it gave me access to creative worlds whilst running Creation that I would never have got to without the helping hand of the gods.

Joe Strummer RIP: 21 August 1952 - 22 December 2002

Alan_McGee | Posted 20.02.2012 | UK Entertainment

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.

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

Alan_McGee | Posted 10.02.2012 | UK Entertainment

On the News of the World happenings, my lawyer has given the police 14 days to disclose evidence they hold and if not he'll be asking why not? The lawyers representing the hackers have already offered me the compensation scheme, which we have rejected.

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

Alan_McGee | Posted 20.01.2012 | UK

I have never owned John Lennon's tooth, and after the NME ran with that story it ended up on 245 different websites all over the world. As I said, it was a funny story, but not true!

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

Alan_McGee | Posted 13.01.2012 | UK

On Thursday the Metropolitan Police got back in touch regarding the News of the World hacking saga. The next stage for me is travelling to see them at the end of the week. So far all the information I've been told is the numbers found on the notebook of some 'journalist', and subsequently recognised as being mine, along with a postcode, which I also recognised as mine! One of the numbers was my old answerphone number, so let's see where this now goes - I can see this getting interesting...

Phone Hacking Exclusive: Police Investigate If Alan McGee Was Hacked

The Huffington Post UK | Stephen Hull | Posted 06.01.2012 | UK

Alan McGee, the founder of Creation Records, has been told he could have had his phone hacked by News of the World. He was informed in a letter tha...

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

Alan_McGee | Posted 06.01.2012 | UK

It turns out that my name has popped up in the News of the World phone hacking case and they are investigating as I type. In truth, I would have been gutted to think I wasn't worth at least a little hack! Imagine being deemed by the people at News of the World as not being in the the top 8,000 most interesting people? Joking aside, if the police confirm that I have indeed been hacked, I will still sue. The joke to me is that in the period they are talking about, whoever had the pleasure to get into my voicemail would have been faced with hour-long Courtney Love rambles about her new songs at 5am UK time.