Upside Down: The Creation Records Story (2010)
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Alan McGee was a British rock fan who had played in bands, managed artists and booked clubs, and next wanted to start a record company to help upstart acts being their music to the world. In 1983, McGee co-founded Creation Records, which would become one of the most important and influential independent records labels of the '80s and '90s; McGee's signings read like a who's who of cutting-edge British rock of the era, including the Jesus and Mary Chain, Primal Scream, Ride, My Bloody Valentine,
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Debutant director O'Connor's lively documentary goes some way to capturing the eclectic and eccentric nature of the label's management and recording artists.
It's entertainingly riotous, though as a film, its print-the-legend approach could have used a few dissenting voices to balance out the rampant mythmaking.
With a talking-heads format, it's pretty trad to look at, but as a slice of pop culture history, it's never less than fascinating.
A little messy at times, like McGee himself, but just right for nostalgics.
O'Connor captures the hedonistic mood of a particular time - although anyone who wasn't there might find it a bit impenetrable.
It's a rise and fall story (of course) and between the no-nonsense interviewees and the wealth of footage, a vivid and moving one.
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