Listen free for 30 days

Listen with a free trial

One credit a month, good for any title to download and keep.
Unlimited listening to the Plus Catalogue - thousands of select Audible Originals, podcasts and audiobooks.
Exclusive member-only deals.
No commitment - cancel anytime.
Buy Now for £14.99

Buy Now for £14.99

Pay using card ending in
By completing your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and authorise Audible to charge your designated card or any other card on file. Please see our Privacy Notice, Cookies Notice and Interest-based Ads Notice.

Summary

Alan McGee's role in shaping British musical culture over the past 30 years is hard to overstate. As the founder of Creation Records, he brought us the bands that defined an era. A charismatic Glaswegian, who partied just as hard as any of the acts on his notoriously hedonistic label, he became an infamous character in the world of music. 

In Creation Stories he tells his story in depth for the first time, from leaving school at 16 to setting up the Living Room club in London which showcased many emerging indie bands, from managing the Jesus and Mary Chain to cofounding Creation when he was only 23. His label brought us acts like My Bloody Valentine, House of Love, Ride and, of course, Primal Scream. 

Embracing acid house, Alan, decamped to Manchester and hung out at the Hacienda, and took Creation into the big time with Screamadelica. His drug-induced breakdown, when it came, was dramatic. But as he climbed back to sobriety, he oversaw Oasis' rise to become one of the biggest bands in the world, Alan himself becoming one of the figureheads of Britpop. 

Having sold the label to Sony to stave off bankruptcy, he became disenchanted with the increasingly corporate ethos and left in 1999. Since then he's continued to be an influential figure in the music industry, managing the Libertines and most recently setting up a new label, 359 Music, with Cherry Red.

©2014 Alan McGee (P)2019 Audible, Ltd

What listeners say about Creation Stories

Average customer ratings
Overall
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    123
  • 4 Stars
    36
  • 3 Stars
    9
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0
Performance
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    117
  • 4 Stars
    29
  • 3 Stars
    1
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0
Story
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    105
  • 4 Stars
    32
  • 3 Stars
    10
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

One of the most interesting music labels

It's nice to discover the history of Creation through the personal life of who founded it. It is a good biography of Alan McGee and the shenanigans of a rock n roll life. I also really liked the narration :)

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars

creation stories

fascinating read listened to whilst bathing in the glorious sunshine during our holiday to Costa Teguise in Lanzarote December 2021

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

MCGEE 😎

Top book , definitely worth a listen. Some great stories and the narrative was fine.
Only downside was the bits about Labour, when will these music people realise that theirs no difference between Lab an Con they’re both Shite.
Anyway like I said Top book

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

I learned a lot and enjoyed it too

Extraordinary stuff about people and music that happened while my attention was elsewhere. Loved it. McGee is a gritty character, but I think his attitude makes it more entertaining.

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

creationable

Great pace ...Great delivery ....only slightly disappointed to discover it wasn't Alan himself reading it aloud !!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

What a journey

Completely engrossing, I loved every minute of it and gutted when it finished. Raw and absolutely candid. Brilliant!!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Really enjoyable

I initially bought this for the Oasis part but was pleasantly surprised that the rest of the book was really interesting.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Perfect

Loving obviously Oasis, I knew as much as I thought I wanted about Creation and Alan. How wrong, great bloke, colourful life, great stories.
Please read or listen, I can’t recommend it enough.

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Very enjoyable

Gets really good surprisingly after the oasis stuff. The stories about The Libertines and Hollywood were funny and very interesting.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Honest, Interesting and Very, Very Funny

Just finished listening to this book and I absolutely loved it. The story is endlessly interesting and along with the anecdotes and way it is written, constantly laugh out loud funny. It is also perfectly narrated by Phil McKee, just like having McGee sat next to you telling you first-hand about his incredible life and how he came to have dinner at Chequers with the Blairs and Jimmy Savile. I also appreciated McGee's plain speaking and his casual / lax approach to business, which is so refreshing in our modern times and made me miss how things were so much simpler not all that long ago.

I knew who McGee was, but wasn't aware of the background of Creation or some of the great earlier music they put out, which I've been listening to alongside the book.

Can't recommend this book highly enough.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Lauren Lynley
  • Lauren Lynley
  • 09-12-21

Creation Stories & Morning Glories

If you love indie Brit-Rock this is the book for you! Though born in America, I have had an enduring love affair with all things British!especially the music. Beatles, Bowie, Smiths Oasis, and the notorious Libertines have been staples of my life since I was a young girl in the Mid-west of America and remains today overlooking Los Angeles. Alan McGee is a dream-weaver!a hit-maker, and one hell of a story-teller. His brother does a great job with the reading and I would recommend this book to anyone who loves Brit-rock. Highly recommended!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for I AM MICK
  • I AM MICK
  • 04-03-21

One of the best music industry books out there.

This has some great stories from one of British Indie music's pioneers. superbly narrated.

sadly no mention of Neets

55