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Oasis the Truth: My Life as Oasis's Drummer [Paperback]

Tony McCarroll
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1 Aug 2011
In 1991, five wannabe Mancunian musicians came together and cracked a spark that was to ignite the explosion which became Oasis. The band went from obscurity to become a global phenomenon in the space of a year, achieving world-wide recognition and selling over 70 million records. Pre Oasis, drummer Tony McCarroll joined a band called The Rain, linking up with guitarist Paul 'Bonehead' Arthurs, bassist Paul McGuigan and singer Chris Hutton. Hutton was later replaced by Liam Gallagher who in turn brought brother Noel along. What started out as five young lads with a common dream of becoming rock stars eventually disintegrated into in-fighting, clashes of egos and finanical disputes. In 1995, following the release of Definitely Maybe - the fastest-selling debut of all time - things came to a head and Tony 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-publicised rift with Noel Gallagher. Tony's recollections include stories involving David Beckham, Prince, Eric Cantona and John McEnroe.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: John Blake Publishing Ltd; Reprint edition (1 Aug 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843584999
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843584995
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.7 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 172,860 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Good luck trying not to root for them." --"Rolling Stone"

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Tony McCarroll was a founding member of Oasis.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Live Forever! 16 Oct 2010
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After a number of years of reading and listening to other individuals' opinions of the early phases Oasis, the original drummer has provided his version of events, which seem (in my opinion) more believable, as well as realistic, due to the explanations provided within the given passages of text.

In addition, this book has provided quotes from a number of sources, which either supports, or enhances the author's views. Some might say (no pun intended!) that this can be a source of bias-ness. However, this is the first and potentially only opportunity the author has had to provide his version of events during the infancy of the 'Brit-pop phase', especially regarding the recording of the band's album `Definitely Maybe', as well as the 'hidden' political and social conflicts between the ringleader and the band members.

Moreover, the official news coverage that highlighted the bands 'ups and downs' can finally be exposed with greater clarity, emphasising the reasons for the intended reactions (e.g. absences and departures) of particular band members, along with other segments of information which may less known to readers!

In my opinion, this is an excellent read! The author has, from a personal viewpoint, provided a warm and personal introduction into a world of once an important rock band, which actually had very little connections, if none, with `The Beatles'! Confused? Then read this book. Overall, this was worth waiting for, as well as enhancing my personal respect towards Tony McCarroll. Live Forever!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Tony McCarroll book review 23 Sep 2012
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I found this to be an interesting and insightful account of McCarroll's life and time in Oasis. As one of the original band members, this is about as authorised at it comes, and McCaroll pulls no punches in describing what went on. His bitterness towards Noel Gallagher dominates a lot of the book, although this seems understandable given that their turbluent relationship was what eventually ended McCarroll's time in the group. The elder Gallagher is portrayed as a cold, calculated and egotistical man, although McCarroll also acknowledges Gallagher's undoubted talent and drive. Without Noel, it seems, Oasis would never have gotten further than the Boardwalk club they used to play in the early Manchester days. McCarroll also gives insight into just how contrived and calculated the Gallagher's "bad boy" antics were, and I found this particularly interesting. In the book he reveals how Noel had a "masterplan", and aimed to use the media to help the group top the charts. While Noel Gallagher quite obviously felt he was the sole talent of the group, McCarroll points out other factors, such as outside songwriting inspiration, and the "wall of sound" that was already in place before Noel joined. McCarroll's relationship with Liam, and rhythm guitarist Bonehead, seemed to be a lot more congenial, and he rubbishes the claims that it was a fight with Liam in Paris that eventually ended his time in the group. His relationship with Paul Mcguigan seems to have been even worse that his relationship with Noel, and although McCarroll and Mcguigan started off as friends, and knew each other the longest, the atmosphere between them grew toxic. Mcguigan is portrayed as a sycophantic follower of Noel, while Tony seems to have stuck up for himself and fought his corner. Read more ›
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars tony mccarroll's book 31 Oct 2010
this book is really interesting cause it shows how the band was born and which kind of relantionship had the members of the band...it shows also how Noel took the control of the band and contains a diary of their first tour in uk,USA and japan till their first big gig at the sheffield arena in 1995...i think that a real "mad for it" should have this book, cause is written by a member of the band, and there are also funny episodes in it...i hope my review can help, sorry my bad english but it's not my language.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars View From The Drummers Stool 7 Oct 2010
I recieved this book and I didnt know what to expect, would it be the sour grapes of a spurned drummer or a real groundfloor insight into how Oasis formed and evolved as a band and a group of friends. The book gives a great overview of what it was like to grow up in a mainly Irish imigrant background in Manchester in the late 70's and 80's. The book is funny in parts and gives some fanstastic anecdotal stories on events from their childhood.
The evolution of the band is an interesting part of the book as he gives you a song by song history as the band progresses and the variuos influences that they had at the time.

As you can expect Noel comes in for a fair bit of stick and it the book becomes a psuedo "lord of the flies" affair as Noel gains control of the operation. Tony's side of the story is somewhat differnt from the picture that Noel has painted, however this is to be expected.

The meeting with Alan McGee is halirious and the whole signing of the contract at Sony "under the influence" and then realising afterwards that the terms are heavily weighted in the Gallagher brothers favour is somewhat sour grapes. Also the meeting with Ian Brown, their hero, comes across as a strange experience.

Anyway the long and short is that the book is a great read for any Oasis fan and is a must, I will let you decide on wether you think it is fact or fiction.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Must buy
a really interesting insight into oasis a must for any fan of the band and a good account of something only a very few will witness the rise of the biggest band of a generation
Published 10 hours ago by sizer247
4.0 out of 5 stars Sad Paddy
Good read for any Oasis fan, Tony been left with a bitter taste in his mouth, but who could blame him after being sacked from one of the UK's biggest ever bands.
Published 1 month ago by Mr. D. J. Pritchard
3.0 out of 5 stars Good read, and I'm sure there is a lot ...
Good read, and I'm sure there is a lot of truth. However, some of it comes across as being bitter and an excuse for having a go at noŽl, sometimes in a childish manner. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Billiam Shakespeare
4.0 out of 5 stars Great story, worth a read.
Quite why Tony McCarroll was booted out of Oasis was always puzzling. He certainly seemed like a good drummer on Definitely Maybe. Read more
Published 3 months ago by ladbroke
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyable
After constant harassment from my beloved I have decided to post a review. This book is funny as well as revealing and the only honest account of the formation of Oasis. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jane Dolan
3.0 out of 5 stars great myth busting point of view
It's great to hear another side of the story. I suspect NoŽl understood the power of creating a compelling myth and the author's version sounds a much more compelling and realistic... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars The Drummer's tale
I've just finished reading this very enjoyable and illuminating book. It does show how Noel was a nasty piece of work, and Guigsy comes out of it badly (he didn't even play on... Read more
Published 5 months ago by J. Syed
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST BOOK I'VE READ IN AGES
great read. pure truths from tony mccarroll. gives the real insight into what noel and liam and bonehead and guigsy are really like and the episodes about them as kids and in the... Read more
Published 5 months ago by L.DAVENPORT
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant read
was expecting a one sided book but it was very very VERY Frank, hats off to the drummer who played on the best debut album since the roses
Published 8 months ago by sean mclaughlin
3.0 out of 5 stars Don't Look Back in Anger
I remember first hearing about this book and thinking it would be an interesting read, to get the real story about the band's beginnings from an actual member of Oasis. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Just 88
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