The Creation Records Story: My Magpie Eyes are Hungry for the Prize

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The Creation Records Story: My Magpie Eyes are Hungry for the Prize

The Creation Records Story: My Magpie Eyes are Hungry for the Prize

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So many of the bands in this book my brother and I saw, bought their records or followed them passionately through the dark nights that is England.

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.The fact that so many great bands were on one label is remarkable, and this is its story, in exhaustive detail. I dont care about the end of Creation when McGee is taking drugs (I just couldn't ever sympathise with him, he seems so unlikeable) and selling out to Sony. Most purchases from business sellers are protected by the Consumer Contract Regulations 2013 which give you the right to cancel the purchase within 14 days after the day you receive the item. Working for magazines like Q, Select, Sound and Mojo, he has proven himself a journalist of rare insight, style and integrity and conducted a huge number of entertaining and memorable interviews.

Where less assiduous biographers might have jumped straight for the hedonistic jugular, Cavanagh dwells on these bleak times, following McGee down to London and charting his fervent efforts to stir life into the capital's moribund music scene. Tim Vass, for instance, who is quoted often as having been an early mover on the scene, formed a band, Razorcuts, who were signed to Creation - who fail to get a mention. 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. What started as a “one-way conversation” with a magpie has ended with a Victorian man airlifted to hospital with serious injuries to both his eyes.And possibly also because Cavanagh has chosen to put Creation into its proper context, as merely the latest in a series of maverick attempts to take on the corporate music business, which happened to succeed (for a while) thanks to a combination of luck, Oasis and the sheer bloody-minded determination of its founder to persevere where others had given up.

There can be few more complete guides to the subject, and it helps that the book is unpretentious and superbly written with a delicious sense of humour and eye for the absurd. The reputation of the humble magpie, which won Guardian Australia’s 2017 bird of the year poll, could at best be described as divisive. Coupled with the phenomenal success of Oasis, McGee's 1994 nervous breakdown is presented as the catalyst for Creation adopting more conventional business practices, thereby losing the anarchic energy on which its aesthetic had thrived, and setting in motion a series of events that resulted in its eventual demise. I'm no major fan of Creation, nor of the majority of its bands, but I lap up music history and have been an admirer of David Cavanagh's writing since his days on Sounds. Home to William Golding, Sylvia Plath, Kazuo Ishiguro, Sally Rooney, Tsitsi Dangarembga, Max Porter, Ingrid Persaud, Anna Burns and Rachel Cusk, among many others, Faber is proud to publish some of the greatest novelists from the early twentieth century to today.The bird sat on the concrete in front of me, and saw I hadn’t dropped the food, or I think that was what its thinking was,” he said. Since then he has developed - and shaken - a spectular drug habit, suffered a nervous breakdown, become a millionaire and, famously, visited 10 Downing Street. Containing interviews with Creation musicians, employees, supporters and detractors, this is the inside story of Creation Records - and of British music since the 1980s. Ever prone to short-sighted outbursts of hubris, McGee has already denounced My Magpie Eyes Are Hungry for the Prize as "the accountant's tale", presumably because it represents him in an inconveniently candid light.

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. An exhaustive, incredible telling of the history of Creation Records (and through it, much of the British indie scene). Founded by Alan McGee in 1983, Creation Records achieved notoriety as the home of Primal Scream, the Jesus and Mary Chain and other anti-Establish- ment acts.Hotjar sets this cookie to know whether a user is included in the data sampling defined by the site's pageview limit. Keep in mind that anyone can view public collections - they may also appear in recommendations and other places. They would have also fit in on the Postcard label out of Scotland as well (Aztec Camera, Orange Juice, Josef K, the Go Betweens, etc)!

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