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Loveless by Mike McGonigal
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Jul 27, 2010

did not like it
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Read 3 times. Last read July 27, 2010.

This writer is completely self opinionated but at the same time fails to give valid or any reason for his views. If it makes you feel better to be patronised about the music you like rather than be informed, this is for you.

I found this book to be completely full of false and weak points that really point to the writer attempting to influence the reader rather than inform. Just as one example, at one point he refers to the former Creation releases by The Legend and Les Zarjaz as being 'dreadful'.

Both these acts were early Creation stable releases but both fell out of favour with Creation. Both acts have proved to be influential, showed real promise at the time and even helped pave the way for the stable of indie karaoke brit pop pap rock that Creation, with the help of their journalist friends at the NME (members of Primal Scream included) abused the rock n roll scene with during the 90's. Both acts I think it is fair to say are not dreadful in the slightest but would only be referred to this way if there were some kind of inside agenda to defame them.

I believe that in the case of Les Zarjaz in particular there remains a dispute where Alan McGee abused the group, failed to fulfill recording agreements, didn't promote the release and then went on to slag the band off with the help of journalists at the NME that also worked at Creation, claiming the release suffered poor sales, as if it was the bands fault and then went on to re issue the records without the bands authorization. At the same time AM was claiming that he was helping young musicians. Les Zarjaz later commented that it was help they could have done without.

Both of these acts can't be more dreadful than many Creation releases, "wake up it's a beautiful day" for example, "get your rocks off" as another. It's really a matter of taste, so why is this dude trying to influence his taste on the reader with crummy defamatory remarks? Shouldn't he be balanced and unbiased as all good journalists should be? It has to be that he isn't good at all. It has to be because these bands have stood up to the Creation myth and the Creation myth machine has an agenda to defame them, therefore this book is fake and the writer is pulling a fast one trying to gain some dull credibility as a music journalist.

The thing is that at the time he's writing about, the Buzzcocks manager said that the Les Zarjaz release was the biggest single ever. Who are you going to believe?

This book is not worth the paper it's printed on and it's sad that Creation fans seem to be conned into paying good money for Creation marketing and promotion pamphlets in the guise of books.

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