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Rare Libertines tracks go up for auction

Rare Libertines demo recordings go under the hammer as pop impresario Alan McGee auctions off his unrivalled collection of rock paraphernalia. The tapes feature never-released songs from the band’s early days, before they had a record deal.

The auction at Stockport on February 25 also includes early Oasis recordings along with some of McGee’s personal items including letters from former Prime Minister Tony Blair and Courtney Love, dating from the era when McGee was feted at 10 Downing Street and revered by rock aristocracy.

McGee, once the influential owner of Creation Records, claims to have lost interest in the music industry. "I'm just clearing out all this rock and roll rubbish from my house," he told the Manchester Evening News. "I've no real interest in the past and have sort of moved on from the music scene – I'm more interested in books and films now."

The auctioneer Paul Fairweather expects keen interest in the auction, especially from obsessive Libertines and Oasis collectors. "We've already had a lot of interest from Oasis fans and fans of other Creation Records bands like My Bloody Valentine and Primal Scream," he said. "We're expecting people to be bidding both in person at the auction and online from around the world."

McGee was keen to insist that this was just a clearout of his rock detritus. "If anyone asks if I'm selling all this stuff because I'm skint, it's not true," he said. "I live in a very big house in the country," he added, in a mordant reference to Oasis’s Britpop nemesis, Blur.

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