Alan McGee Retires From Music Industry
Published Nov 03, 2008After 25 years of doing it for the kids, Alan McGee is saying goodbye to the music world. Via Facebook, the 48-year-old music mogul announced his retirement by way of a status change and confirmed it last week in an interview with the BBC. "You get older and you want life a little bit easier," McGee explained to BBC 6 Music, adding: "My [Facebook] status said: 'Glad I'm not a manager anymore, I really recommend it.' But all I've really done is retired from managing bands after 25 years."
Along with founding the legendary Creation Records, McGee signed such acts as My Bloody Valentine, Oasis, Primal Scream and the Jesus & Mary Chain. He also managed the likes of the Charlatans, the Libertines and Dirty Pretty Things.
"I stopped doing the record company about a year or two ago because I think they're pointless things, like dinosaurs or trams or something, McGee said.
He went on to explain that he was "a man of the times, likening himself to the late Factory Records founder Tony Wilson. "We don't really have a place in the music industry anymore because we actually like music," he said. "I think the prerequisite for being in the music industry is not liking music and playing the corporate game, agreeing with your boss."
When asked whether he knew bands he signed, such as Oasis, were going to be big, McGee replied: "It was a fluke. Maybe I found ten or 12 bands that went on to be commercially successful, and then I managed some bands that were commercially successful as well, but you never really know."
He added: "I'm not a very nostalgic person. And I appreciate Creation and some of the other things that I've done, bands that I've managed. I appreciate it all for what it was at the time.
"It's only really Oasis, and the Creation thing, that I can still listen to and really enjoy."
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