Monday, June 27, 2011
5 Minutes With Alan McGee
Alan McGee with Malcolm McLaren
Alan McGee a music maverick known for co-forming and running the independent Creation Records label from 1983–1999, and then Poptones from 1999-2007. He has managed and championed successful acts such as The Jesus and Mary Chain, Primal Scream, Oasis and The Libertines.
TEDxOxford - Rachel Felder and Alan McGee - A Discussion on the Music Industry.
Q1. What was the first record that you bought and how did it change your life?
Alan McGee: It was T.Rex 'Get It On'- it was number one in the UK at the time I was 11 and I knew from that point on I never wanted a job.
Q2. Would you agree that kids today look at video games and technology the way we looked to music as a way to define our identities?
AM. Yeah, culture and times change all the time music is less important for identity in 2011.
Q3. I interviewed Malcolm McLaren extensively in 2008 and he talked about your support and funding for his run for Mayor of London. Given that you are very open and vocal about your political views, would you consider entering into politics?
AM. No because politicians don't run anything, they are all puppets. Elite families run the world and have done since Egypt.
Q4. It was recently reported that you have lost interest in music and are now more interested in the esoteric and occult teachings of Aleister Crowley. True or false and if so, what would have to happen musically to get your attention these days?
AM. I am more in the the chaos majickians than Aleister Crowley. Peter J Carroll and Austin Osman Spare. Music wise the Primals still have it so I still believe.
Q5. First Creation Records, then Poptones. It's said that there are no second acts in American lives but there obviously are second, third and forth acts in the life of Alan McGee. What's next for you?
AM. I don't know. I don't want a real job ever, as long as I never have to ''work'' in a job I hate, then I won.
Primal Scream - Rocks (Live From Abbey Road)