Creation myths: Alan McGee tells the real story of those wild Britpop years

Creation myths: Alan McGee tells the real story of those wild Britpop years

The Guardian

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The maverick label boss on why he didn’t let the truth get in the way of a good movie … and why he may owe an apology to Tony Blair

Alan McGee, the music label founder who signed Oasis and surfed the crest of the Britpop and acid house scenes, thinks Tony Blair will already have received a message assuring him there are no hard feelings. “He’s probably been told by a friend of mine the things I say in the film are not what I really think,” McGee says from lockdown in Wales. “I will certainly tell him when I bump into him, because that rant my character does about Blair, that is all Irvine Welsh, not me. Irvine hates Blair, but I still quite like him.”

McGee is the subject of a hectic new biopic, Creation Stories, out now on Sky Cinema, that unravels the history of the record label that made McGee rich and famous. The script, written by Welsh, is notionally based on his autobiography, but McGee is amused by how much fun the Scottish author of Trainspotting and the film’s director, Nick Moran, had with the facts: “I realised what I’d be getting was Irvine Welsh, and that’s what I got. I just let him get on with it.”

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