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Oasis the Truth: My Life as Oasis's Drummer Paperback – 1 Aug 2011

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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: 1.9 x 16.5 x 10.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 73,726 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By colin macgregor on 23 Sept. 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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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Acquiesce Ocean on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Syed on 13 April 2014
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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 Definitely Maybe, his parts were deleted).

My take on this whole Oasis controversy is that Oasis had two world class things in their favour, Liam's voice and Noel's songwriting. In terms of instrumental competence none of them were professional standard (even Noel's guitar). None of them would have ever made it as a session musician. Guigsy and Bonehead kept schtumm and hung on for the ride. Tony didn't, and his disagreements with Noel led to him getting fired. That and his clear lack of any business nous at all are what shyiiine through in the book.

Having said that, did Oasis really sound better when they had professional standard instrumentalists playing for them (2000 onwards)? I would say not - the best songs they had were simple, direct and didn't need fancy twiddles. Anyway, Tony was with them right up to mid-1995, so in a way he experienced most of the best part of it.
The book was really well written and a pleasure to read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Noel on 9 Jan. 2012
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Tony's book (co-written with another guy) takes us on a journey from his childhood growing up in Manchester - through to a chronological diary/gigography of stories in the band - through to his court case against Noel and being awarded £550,000 out of court settlement. The book is well written, (it's obvious the co-writer has created the structure, tone and imagery) and genuinely laugh out loud funny. Having spent the best part of 2 years being berated by Noel and Guigs, Tony can be forgiven for taking every opportunity to take a remind us that Noel is short in stature and that Guigs reminded him of a giant slug. The hurt and resentment for the way that Tony was treated by Noel and Guigs (as Guigs hung on Noel's coat-tails) drips through the pages - and you do feel sorry for him and the way he was treated in 94 and 95. Definitely Maybe remains the best Oasis album by a country mile and Tony's drumming on the album contributes considerably to it's sonic onslaught. I always felt that Noel wasn't justified in berating Tony's drumming - and Tony tells us of the real reason behind his dismissal (not his drumming skills). I genuinely believe that What's the story, Be here now etc would have sounded better if Tony was still onboard. When he was sacked, Oasis stopped sounding like Oasis and more like a 60's tribute band...Overall a great book if factually flawed on occasion (apparently DVDs were around in the mid 90s?) - maybe he meant VHS. Highly recommended as the Oasis book to read in a sea of Oasis books.
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