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Take Me There: "Oasis" Story Paperback – 21 Aug 1997
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Author Paul Mathur can be said to have "discovered" Oasis: he first saw them in March 1993, rehearsing in the tiny basement of a Manchester club, and became the first person to champion the band in the music press - six months before they signed a major record deal, and a year before anyone else picked up on them. Since those early days, his enduring close friendship with the band has allowed him unique access to them every step of the way. He has witnessed not only hundreds of their gigs all over the world (and the attendant dressing-room antics), but also the recording of their albums and many of their singles. He even contributed handclaps to their first number one single, "Some Might Say". This biography traces the career of the band, including sections on: the members' childhoods, and the passage from the early gigs to sell-out tours all over the world; behind-the-scenes reportage from the recording sessions; and candid interviews with family and friends. Oasis have topped every chart, won almost every award and provoked comment from every quarter.
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My first impression of the book is that it's full of brilliant stories and anecdotes. What I've read so far has been fantastic, really well written, not too elaborate and not too brief, it's just right. It's written by a fella who's "been there right since the start" according to Noel which you can't complain about! The likes of Noel, Liam, Bonehead, Etc. have talked about the various events and times that have been put into the book and Liam and Noel have also written a foreword each which is incredibly fun to read.
The book starts from their childhood and goes into their teens and how Noel went on to travel the world with the Inspirals and Liam first taking an interest in music when he saw The Stone Roses in Manchester. From what I can tell, the book will most likely end just after the Maine Road gigs. This book was also published in 1997 which is great because it means the content in the book hasn't been diluted by many years of legend and basically the stories becoming nothing more than Chinese whispers.
I highly recommend this, it's pure brilliance!
I read another book on the story of Oasis.
This one is kind of about the band and its stories recording and the hype up to Be Here Now.
Some good pictures. Worth a read not life changing though.Some stories about Oasis supporting U2.
Worth a look I guess.
I was sad to finish it but very pleased with all the drink and drug stories inside that a lot of other bios wont touch. The fact that the arthur was there from the start really added to the book and you felt like you were there with the group.
Live Forever Oasis.