WHEN the man who discovered Oasis and redefined ‘indie’ music in the late 80s and 90s describes you as a soul-mate then you must be pretty special.
But Kirkintilloch’s Harry Mulligan is modest about his friendship with Alan McGee – the legendary Creation Records label boss who took over the world with Oasis, Primal Scream, The Jesus and Mary Chain and more.
Harry is the man who McGee chose to pen his official biography and it promises to be very special.
The 48-year-old met the Creation Records founder while living in London around seven years ago. The pair bonded over a common history and obsession with music.
Harry’s family moved between Kirkintilloch and the USA throughout a childhood which saw him sporadically schooled at both Holy Family Primary and St Ninian’s High School.
A degree in psychology at Bristol University led to a successful career at the Promis Clinic in London - the same clinic Amy Winehouse sang about in her hit ‘Rehab’.
Now Harry has moved back to Kirkintilloch to write the only officially-sanctioned book about fellow countryman McGee, who famously discovered Oasis at Glasgow’s King Tut’s venue.
McGee was also the driving force behind acts such as My Bloody Valentine, Ride, Boo Radleys, Super Furry Animals, Teenage Fanclub and The House of Love.
Speaking exclusively to the Herald, McGee revealed: “When I met Harry we hit it off completely and really are soul-mates.
“There are some people in life you are just destined to meet and Harry is one of mine.
“A lot of people offered to do the book, but he just seemed right. It’s going to be great.”
Harry hopes that the book, which has the working title ‘Take a Walk on the Wild Side’, could be out within the next 12 months and has already been signed up by one of the most exclusive literary agencies in the world - AP Watts.
He said: “There’s lots of brilliant stuff which is going to be in the book which hasn’t been made public before - stuff about Alan’s origins and upbringing.”
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SOUL-MATES: Harry (left) and Alan are pictured.