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Brothers from childhood to Oasis : the real story [Hardcover]

Paul Gallagher , Terry Christian
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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3 Oct 1996
Written by the elder brother of Noel and Liam Gallagher, this tells the story of Oasis and the Gallagher family. Beginning with an account of the circumstances in which the Gallaghers grew up, the book goes on to chart in detail the forming of the band, how they struggled to be successful, and how they cope with being multi-million selling stars. The book has been written with the full co-operation of Peggy Gallagher, an previously unpublished family photographs are included.


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  • Hardcover: 219 pages
  • Publisher: Virgin Books; 1st edition (3 Oct 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1852276711
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852276713
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.8 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 52,214 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
I'm normally only interested in rock biogs that are centered on the music and don't care about tales of outrageous behavior etc., since I pretty much have a life myself. Still, I remember the Britpop phenomenon well so I picked this up as cheap as they come and was in for a very pleasant surprise. Had this story been employed successfully as a theme for a novel it would be seen as a tale of both psychological and sociological depth, and an almost classic story of what happens to the pauper when he becomes prince. As such, Paul Gallagher is a perfectly situated narrator, standing just outside the center of events, simultaneously detached from it and part of it, the unlucky one who got left behind when success came knocking at the Gallagher family's door. He is a formidable eyewitness to a tale that seems to take a bunch of old cliches about the Manchester Irish immigrant community and push them to hitherto unknown extremes, but somehow he manages to tell it in a way that makes it all seem perfectly logical. He is in many ways a bitter man whose view of his brothers even at the best of time is no better than ambivalent, and he doesn't mind saying it, often with more than just a touch of irony. It is impossible to judge exactly how much his manuscript was cleaned up by his co-writer, but that really is irrelevant. This is a work credited to them both and should be judged as such. I'm not saying it reads like a novel because it doesn't have that kind of literary quality, but that is fully compensated by the notion you have as a reader that all this actually happened in all its grotesqueness. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars lovely pictures and cute stories 5 Nov 2013
By india
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
there are two sections of pictures - childhood and oasis. the childhood pictures are very cute. the book is also surprisingly well written and there are some great stories that have never otherwise been documented. it tells us about the gallagher's childhood how the band was formed and how they eventually got a record deal and rose to fame. definitely worth buying for anyone who even vaguely likes oasis.
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5.0 out of 5 stars MUST HAVE IT 26 Sep 2013
By shirley
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
The product is quite new though it is described as a second-hand book. The content is fun as well. Even normal people (not oasis fan) might be interested in those stories.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing read 2 Jan 2013
By Sara
Format:Hardcover
Highly recommend this book. Tells the story of the Gallagher brothers growing up with stories from Paul and their mother, Peggy. Has some great pictures in it and is very well written
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