Don’t Look Back in Anger review – talking about cool Britannia

Tony Blair meets Noel Gallagher in 1997, watched by Alan McGee of Creation Records, far right. Photograph: Rebecca Naden/PA

Daniel Rachel’s entertaining oral history of the 1990s, featuring everyone from Tony Blair to Tracey Emin.

With isolationism on the rise, Sure Start children’s centres long shuttered and the pound falling as companies desert the UK, Daniel Rachel’s oral history of the 90s, Don’t Look Back in Anger, looks back at a decade in which the owner of an indie record label could have the ear of government and bring about real change. Alan McGee, Creation Records boss and discoverer of Oasis, helped persuade a Labour administration to allow musicians to keep claiming benefits and get more targeted help with the New Deal for Musicians in 1999, the better to brew the bottled lightning that would power the nation into a new millennium. The scheme ran for a decade.

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