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3.0 out of 5 stars Good but unashamedly biased, 14 May 2004
This review is from: Brothers from Childhood to Oasis: The Real Story (Hardcover)
This is a great book if you wanted to find out how these multi-platinum selling megastars grew up. Their philandering father, their downtrodden mother, and the environment in which they were brought up. You see tales of how their father set up a construction buisness which was enormously successful, and yet Paul (the forgotten brother), Noel and Liam went hungry while their father showered his mistresses with gifts. It is not hard to see that the themes of freedom and affection are openly embraced in Oasis' early work. The first person persepctive of Paul as a key player in this whole tragedy really brings a sense of gritty realism in the book.
But the fact that Paul writes it is also the problem. If you wish to see how Liam and Noel became the men that they were and are, then by all means by this book as there is no better which covers the early years of the Gallaghers, from school, on the dole and Noel picking up the guitar, through to their early gigs in which they struggled. However, if you wish to hear the impact that they made on the music industry, their subsequent triumphs, and how they contributed to the Britpop phenomenon, then I really advise you to look elsewhere. The gritty realism and excellence of the first few chapters is replaced with a high-glossed sheen, which stinks of plain deluded fantasy. The fact that Paul beleives that they were the biggest band in the world at one stage was actually how much he beleived the lies of his brother and trumpeted them accross the literary world as god-like deities. The fact that Britain was in a stage of musical isolationism, where American acts failed to break the UK for the first time in history, meant that Oasis were indeed god-like in the UK but virtually unknown anywhere else. The fact is that the British did not care about the rest of the world, and shut themselves off, meant that indeed they were were gigantic megastars, but only really in Britain.
However, this is glossed over by Paul, who insists that America is their key market and that the brothers' music has got too big for Britain, when indeed it was Britain that made them rich. If you look at their US tour track record, frankly it is abysmal and there are more walkouts than the miner's strike in 1984. The bands failure to stage gigs of higer capacity than 5,000 after their NINTH US tour when Led Zeppelin was selling out US stadiums after only their FOURTH, means that Oasis are the greatest advocates of self-publicity in music. Ever.
And yet Paul Gallagher has no sense of irony and shame about this. He beleives that the brother's subsequent oafish behaviour can be excused by the fact that they were abused as boys. Tell that to people who were abused when they were young, and still struggle under the harsh economic conditions of Manchester and it's environs and then think of the Gallagher's money pile and the fact that they have moved into the snobbiest areas of London. It makes you think huh?
The fact is that this is nothing but an unashamed piece of Oasis propaganda, attempting to justify their oafish behaviour and making them sound like god-like deities when they are not.
The early chapters do make your heart melt and you really feel for the brothers as they struggle with the crap that they had to put up with, but this is soon placed at the back of your mind when you read frankly the most self-congratulatory drivel ever to grace the pages, which symbolises the second part of the book. It does make you think that the brothers are tw*ts after all and the early pages are a justification of that.
Well written but unashamedly biased, the early stories of the Gallagher brothers are moving and funny, which are worth putting in book on their own. The rest of the book is complete twaddle which you have already heard from Noel's mouth a million trillion times before, tales of how they conquered the US (which they did not) and how they were the greatest band in the world (which they were not). Even to the stage where the guitar playing of Noel is compared with Eric Clapton's do you realise that the arrogance and shameless self-publicity is so unfounded, it is frankly laughable.
Oasis were an amazing band? Sure. Did anyone else besides the British get their music? Not Really. Did they care? No. The book would have been far better if they were acknowledging the fact that were a niche market, as Noel admitted in early interviews, rather than beleiving that they were the greatest and 'could not be arsed to crack America' rather than saying that they already have. There is only one excuse for all of this shameless propaganda; cocaine and lots of it.
KIDS, SAY NO TO DRUGS!!!!
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Initial post: 18 Oct 2010 19:04:53 BDT
T. Budden says:
'Did anyone else besides the British get their music? Not Really'

Do you have any idea how popular Oasis were in Japan or across other parts of Europe during the 90's and 00's?

Sloppy review.
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