Irvine Welsh & Dean Cavanagh ( no strangers to ZANI) are premiering a new theatre play called ‘Performers’ at the Edinburgh Festival this summer.
Published in Culture
Wednesday, 01 June 2016 16:39

The UK roots of Acid House by Dean Cavanagh


2017 sees 30 years of Acid House. I’m not usually one for anniversaries; I was happy to hear that Joe Corre - Malcolm McClaren’s son - was going to burn his collection of punk memorabilia to celebrate 40 years of “punk” and that a gang of octogenarians in Bermondsey trashed a load of old washboards to celebrate 60 years of skiffle.
Published in Music

It’s December 2015 and I’m in Edinburgh with my screenwriting partner Irvine Welsh.
Published in Music
Sunday, 28 June 2015 14:07

Too Much Rock N Roll

After a whole series of rumours and counter rumours. News has finally emerged of the confirmed major TV drama planned for UK and international television, Too Much Rock N Roll.
Published in Culture
Sunday, 28 July 2013 16:25

Alan McGee on 359 music

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© Words Alan McGee

It’s been a busy 6 months and there have been many revelations, Where to start? I have started a label called 359 Music with my old friend Iain McNay from Cherry Red. Iain has been around since the start; he signed my songs as a publisher 33 years ago. There had been talk of my new label for a while and I had the option of running 1123 Records for Warner’s Japan but when it came down to it owning half of the company is a lot more sexy than a 6 figure salary and no shares,
Published in Music Archive
Thursday, 29 December 2011 15:52

Ian Curtis – Remembered Thirty Two Years On

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In two albums and five singles Ian Curtis managed to bring us all into his world. I was about twenty when he died I loved Joy Division as did Bobby Gillespie. But could have Ian Curtis have lived with the massive success that was coming his way, if he hadn’t had committed suicide, who knows ?  But Dead Souls, Isolation and Decades best describe the world that Ian inhabited.
 
In addition, he also summed up the seminal Factory Records in many ways, somehow Creation Records managed to do this without anybody dying. Factory Records had a death in their history and Ian Curtis was their biggest star really and still is. Off the top of my head, I think there have been now four films about Ian Curtis and Factory Records that says it all.
Published in Music Archive
Thursday, 29 December 2011 15:11

John Lennon – Remembers The Great Man

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All You Need Is love maybe the greatest lyric ever, No one you can save that can't be saved.
© Words Alan McGee
Published in Music Archive
Monday, 28 October 2013 20:14

A Tribute to our Top Bird

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©Words - Dean Cavanagh

Antonia Bird the wonderful human being and film & TV director passed away recently at the age of 54. I was blessed to have known and worked with her and she made a big and lasting impact on my life. It was 1999 I had recently adapted Irvine Welsh’s “Filth” into a screenplay for HAL ( a subsidiary of Indie film giant Miramax ) and Irvine graciously asked me to meet Antonia with a view to getting involved in an adaptation of a true story. Irvine had recently joined Antonia, Mark Cousins and Robert Carlyle in forming a production company called 4-Way.  
Published in Film Archive
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Dean Cavanagh is no stranger to ZANI. We've covered his film and theatre work with Irvine Welsh in the past and now he's taken a leap into directing. "Kubricks" is written and directed by Dean and his son, Josh Cavanagh, produced by Alan McGee and stars Roger Evans, Joanna Pickering and Gavin Bain.
Published in Film Archive
Sunday, 15 January 2012 11:52

Jonathan Owen – Dixie from Svengali

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We are living in a day and age, where success is achieved by a five-year business plan-well that is what corporate culture would like us to believe. A  belief system has been  emphasised that if you follow a certain set of guidelines then you will be a success and an upholding member of society.  However if you fail to follow this procedure then you will be an outcast, therefore deemed a failure.  
Published in Film Archive
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ZANI was conceived in late 2008 and the fan base gradually grew by word of mouth. Key contributors came from those of the music, film and fashion industry and the voice of ZANI grew louder. So, when in 2013 investor, contributor and fan of ZANI Alan McGee* offered his support to help restyle and relaunch the site it was inevitable that traffic would increase dramatically and continues to grow. *Alan McGee co-founder of Creation Records and new label 359 Music..

 

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