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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Some of the data that are collected include the number of visitors, their source, and the pages they visit anonymously. 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. On the flip side, Kevin Shields and My Bloody Valentine are treated almost with disdain by the author. James Glindemann, 68, said he was about to tuck into a Chinese takeaway lunch on Tuesday at an outdoor mall in Sale, about 200km east of Melbourne, when he was suddenly and viciously swooped by a magpie.

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. It's the tale of how a Scottish train driver left his job in 1980 and moved to London to start a record label. Neither is the book sensationalist - whatever that appallingly designed cover might suggest - the heavy cocaine use being documented rather than drooled over, with Oasis appearing only two-thirds in.As the 80's turned into the 90's McGee was getting luckier and soon he had Primal Scream, My Bloody Valentine and Ride all delivering classic albums which are still hailed today.

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. By the mid 90's McGee had a bad drug habit but he also signed the almighty Oasis, who then made Creation the hippest label ever. Second time round and it's a much better read: McGee is still an awful awful man, and a McGee wired on coke is ten times worse, but the benefits of hindsight make you realise he was much sharper than he's given credit for in terms of understanding where the music industry was going.

I found it a great read, detailed about the bands relationships with the label and how the office politics changed at Creation (more interesting than that sounds - honest). Fast forward to now and my other half picked me up a second hand copy and it’s drawn me in all over again, with the added bonus I can now jump onto Spotify and listen much more easily to the songs and band mentioned as I’m reading. Andy Strickland formed the Caretaker Race, whose singles and sole album are acclaimed to this day, whilst Bill Black (aka Prince) formed The Wishing Stones, whose singles and sadly unreleased ahead-of-it's-time album were the foundation of the Heavenly label. 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. and interview, with band members, Creation staff and interested parties, while maintaining an authoritative air.

My expectations may have been a bit on the high side, but it was interesting and informative to say the least. The Creation Records Story is in equal parts black comedy, tragedy, farce and urban myth, laced with large, large helpings of sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll. Payments made using National Book Tokens are processed by National Book Tokens Ltd, and you can read their Terms and Conditions here. Etsy’s 100% renewable electricity commitment includes the electricity used by the data centres that host Etsy. View image in fullscreen Every spring Australians are subjected to swooping attacks from magpies, which nonetheless were voted bird of the year in 2017 by Guardian Australia readers.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. For all New Labour's self-serving attempts to claim him, Cavanagh suggests that the intuitively left-wing McGee is really a vindication of the Thatcherite era, and consequently riven with confused impulses. I bought these records when they were released and still listen to them today, so I’m a little biased, but frankly this is the best musical biography, of a label as opposed to a band or musician that I’ve read. 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. My Magpie Eyes Are Hungry for the Prize transcends the parochial concerns of most rock biographies, although it comes steeped in them too.

I was part of a small community of button lovers and collectors, and we all craved sparkly, rainbow additions - Emma to the rescue! I picked up the meal, which had fallen to the ground at this stage and started walking to my car, which wasn’t that far away.Birdlife Australia’s Sean Dooley argued magpies could recognise individual faces and “tend to swoop the people they see as a threat”. Faber Members get access to live and online author events and receive regular e-newsletters with book previews, promotional offers, articles and quizzes.

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