McGee whizz

Music business mogul does Birmingham talk.

Alan McGee is a Scottish businessman and music industry executive. He has been a record label owner, musician, manager, and music blogger for The Guardian.

He is best known for co-founding and running the independent Creation Records label and is the man who discovered and signed Oasis.

There’s the chance to join Alan at the Glee Club on 4th November as he discusses his career, the music industry, and his relationship with bands such as Oasis and Primal Scream.

In 1997, the revitalised Labour Party took note of McGee’s accomplishments with Creation. They got him to spearhead a media campaign prior to the General Election in order to appeal to Britain’s youth culture. He was largely responsible for changing government legislation in relation to musicians being able to go on the New Deal – which gave musicians three years to develop and be funded by the government instead of having to take other jobs to survive.

Creation Records was launched in the early 1980’s and broke through with such acts as Jesus and Mary Chain, My Bloody Valentine, Teenage Fanclub, Super Furry Animals, Primal Scream and Ride.

Other significant bands that were signed by Creation records include: 3 Colours Red, The Boo Radleys, Bernard Butler, Heavy Stereo, Bob Mould, Saint Etienne, Kevin Rowland, The House of Love, and Slowdive.

His autobiography, Creation Stories: Riots, Raves and Running a Label, was published in 2013, and is now being adapted into a film by Trainspotting writer Irvine Welsh and Danny Boyle.

Currently the manager for the Happy Mondays, Black Grape, Shaun Ryder, Cast, Glasvegas, The Bluetones, join Alan as he discusses his career, the music industry and his relationships with some of the most creative artists of the last forty years.

An Evening With Alan McGee takes place the Glee Club, Birmingham on Monday 4th November. Tickets