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

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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. 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. 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. 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. 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.

May have some underlining and highlighting of text and some writing in the margins, but there are no missing pages or anything else that would compromise the readability or legibility of the text.Doubtless conceived as an orthodox rags-to-riches account of how Alan McGee's stewardship of the most celebrated independent record label in the world took him from a Glasgow housing scheme to 10 Downing Street, accruing vast wealth and narcotic-fuelled notoriety along the way, Cavanagh's project got overtaken by events. Finance is provided by PayPal Credit (a trading name of PayPal UK Ltd, Whittaker House, Whittaker Avenue, Richmond-Upon-Thames, Surrey, United Kingdom, TW9 1EH). 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. More important, from the perspective of a US reader, is that the book is written in the style of a typical UK music critic, more concerned with artist sales and fashion than the quality of the music in question.

I often find myself being so deep in thought that I'm not really listening to what my children are saying to me and I extrapolated guilty feelings over that into the story of someone who for a combination of personal ambition and commuter journey time ends up missing out on his kids growing up and not really knowing them or the 'Herberts' they might be hanging out with.

Out of print for many years and regarded as one of the greatest music books ever written, My Magpie Eyes are Hungry for the Prize: The Creation Records Story is the definitive account of the iconic British record label, republished for the label’s 40th anniversary. Their 60s and post-punk influences led to some great guitar-based British indie pop, predating the C86 movement by a couple years.

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Starting out with twee pop Creation built a repertoire of being the best label to have jangly music. James Glindemann, 68, of Sale, recovers after being swooped by a magpie while eating a Chinese takeaway meal in the Victorian town on Tuesday. Forensic in its detail, vibrant in its colour, featuring a cast of trailblazers and madmen, this is a must-read for any budding music historian. 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.Most obvious of these was the souring of Creation's always problematic relationship with its prized asset Oasis, but the book's gestation also coincided with the British music industry's slide into recession and McGee's disillusionment with what his company - and by definition he himself - had become. If you like the music that was "indie" from 1980 to 1995, and you've survived all those late night gigs and enduring the awful train lines of England, I would recommend this book, a huge huge YES. Personalised advertising may be considered a “sale” or “sharing” of information under California and other state privacy laws, and you may have a right to opt out. The history of Creation Records is equal parts black comedy, tragedy, farce and urban myth - laced with orgiastic quantities of sex, drugs and rock'n'roll.

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