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In 1991, five wannabe Mancunian musicians came together and cracked the spark that ignited the explosion which became Oasis. The band went from obscurity to a global phenomenon in the space of a year, achieving world-wide recognition and selling over 70 million records. What started out as five young lads with a common dream of becoming rock stars eventually disintegrated into in-fighting, clashes of egos, and financial disputes. In 1995, following the release of Definitely Maybe - the fastest-selling debut of all time - things came to a head and drummer Tony McCarroll left the band.

In this candid and hilarious book, Tony tells one of the most in-depth rock 'n' roll stories of modern times. He reveals the truth about the early years before the band was even formed; he tells of the drinking and drug consumption. Plus, he talks of his much-publicized rift with Noel Gallagher. Tony's recollections include stories involving David Beckham, Prince, Eric Cantona and John McEnroe.

©2010 Anthony McCarroll/Richard Dolan (P)2013 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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  • Scott
  • Scarborough, ON, Canada
  • 11-15-13

Insider's view of a rollicking band

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Insider's account of the rise and fall of Oasis. Lots of details of the bands early days with a lot of emphasis on the genius and hubris of Noel Gallagher. The narrative is compromised by the authors falling out with Noël so don't expect a balanced portrait of the Gallaghers. Still, it was an enjoyable read with lots of interesting tidbits.

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  • tonyboardy
  • 01-07-17

Interesting book

An enjoyable book with lots of detail but awful pronunciation of northern sayings by the narrator.
Examples of this are frequent use of words like 'mither' (a north west England saying meaning to be agitated or bothered by someone or something) pronounced by the narrator as 'mi-ther' and 'Mancunian' pronounced 'man-coonian' as well as other sayings and words that just got on my nerves (I am born and bred in Manchester so probably noticed these irritating sics more than someone listening from elsewhere in the U.K.)
Tony Mc seemed full of bitterness towards NG and Guiggs but I can imagine the hate was fully deserved as NG does come across as a short a**ed hitler with a sack of potatoes on his shoulders, I can only imagine how much of a controlling dictator he is in real life and there was something about PG that I never really liked with his personality, I can see him being a bit of a snide (Northerners will know what snide means!) to gain credit with 'the little chief' he just came across as a bit of a snake
Good luck to TM he was shafted by all accounts and I hope that by putting his resentment and anger down on paper and his side of the story across it will be cathartic for him.
Tony Boardman January 2017

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  • Jack
  • 09-29-16

Insightful

An insightful look into the lives of the band.
Funny, sad and entertaining.
However, it did somewhat ruin Noel Gallagher for me..

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  • screamadelic
  • 01-16-15

great insight

brilliant book with some really funny stories. would highly recommend this to any oasis fan

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  • Lewis
  • 06-22-18

As it was.

Facinating insight leaves me not wanting to meet my hero because the truth isnt like I thought it was, Noel was asked in an interview about the accuracy of this book and to my amazement he said , "it's about right yeh"

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-14-18

A must have for all Oasis fans.

Absolutely fantastic. Very true and honest. Some belting (and juicy) stories and recollections from on the road. The audiobook is just superbly told by Stephen Ballantyne. Both his voice and use of accents really make it a great listen. A must have for fans.

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  • Chris
  • 01-03-18

A mixed bag

I was a huge Oasis fan between 1994 and 2000. When I turned 18, I dismissed them and didn’t intentionally listen to any of their music for at least a decade. Now in 2017, I’ve started to realise what a big deal they were to me growing up, which was further triggered by watching the Supersonic documentary. I decided to learn more about their early days, something that was not so easy to do back in the mid-90s. This book was one of my first sources.

‘Oasis: The Truth...’ is a mixed bag. On the plus side, Tony highlighted a number of early collaborations, live shows and unreleased tracks that I was not aware of but have since found on YouTube (and been blown away by). I also liked his depiction of Liam, who I always felt was a pretty nice guy, even though his arrogance and public persona has often made him seem unbearable. However, I thought his commentary on Noel felt like payback for all of the nonsense and nastiness he had suffered from back in the day. I’ve no doubt Noel turned in to a monster, but Tony paints the picture of a guy who was all mouth and no substance. Describing his knees wobbling when a fight breaks out, our cowering behind his entourage when the going got tough. Tony’s stories about Noel sometimes bordered on pathetic, and actually seemed to make me believe his overall story less. I completely believe that Noel unfairly treated him and humiliated him, but I just felt like he used this book to humiliate Noel back rather than focus on providing an unbiased account of the early days of a true rock n roll juggernaut.

Still, worth a listen.

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  • Tony Bhoy
  • 05-07-17

Frank and open

Well written and delivered for the reader however, if you like Noel G, that view may change but, it keeps you listening start to finish. Must read as an Oasis fan.

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  • dale
  • 05-06-17

Great listen

After liking oasis for a long time this is not what the media portrayed,it seems an honest account and puts a totally different outlook on noel Gallagher and Liam Gallagher

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  • Alan S. Turner
  • 09-02-16

Amazing!

I had no idea about half of the going on's

If you are an oasis fan this is a must read!!

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  • Carina Milnes
  • 01-20-16

enlightening and entertaining

As an Oasis fan it was great to get an insight into its humble beginnings. Great to hear an alternative story to the one Noel has being telling for years