Getting High: The Adventures of Oasis

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Chaos, controversy, and mayhem will forever fill the pages of the Oasis story. But here is a group that has changed the face of music in the nineties. A group whose gigs will be remembered for generations to come, and whose recordings will undoubtedly stand the test of time. Paolo Hewitt has found himself in the center of the Oasis whirlwind. A highly respected and talented music writer, he has been given total, unhindered access to the group, their close friends, and family. Wherever Oasis goes, he joins them - ...
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Overview

Chaos, controversy, and mayhem will forever fill the pages of the Oasis story. But here is a group that has changed the face of music in the nineties. A group whose gigs will be remembered for generations to come, and whose recordings will undoubtedly stand the test of time. Paolo Hewitt has found himself in the center of the Oasis whirlwind. A highly respected and talented music writer, he has been given total, unhindered access to the group, their close friends, and family. Wherever Oasis goes, he joins them - on never-ending tour bus journeys, in backstage dressing rooms, and partying through any number of towns around the world. Getting High is Hewitt's remarkable account of Oasis's amazing journey from childhood dreamers to international stars. He combines on-the-spot reporting with extensive research into the group's background and roots. Getting High is the first honest, intimate, and thrilling inside account of the adventures of a band that has undeniably made music history.

Hewitt, tour DJ and friend of the fabulous five musicians from Manchester, gets a glimpse inside the daily workings of the band that has taken the world by storm. Getting High traces the background of the two brothers who form the core of Oasis, Noel and Liam Gallagher, from their rough beginnings to their fairy-tale-like discovery and record deal. 16 pp. photo insert. 256 pp. 35,000 print.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Hewitt (Days Lose Their Names and Time Slips Away) seems to have been granted total access to the celebrated British pop group Oasis, and he's clearly smitten with them, tempering braggy tales of the band's excessive drug and alcohol intake with sentimental peeps at the private, sober moments of rock's most recent bad boys. The result is a book that reads more like a campaign biography than a new chapter in pop music mythology. Hewitt barely mentions the time that Noel Gallagher, Oasis's lead guitarist and principal songwriter, declared to a British journalist that he hope two of the members of a rival band would "catch AIDS and die," but he devotes two pages to fully recounting a forgettable conversation between lead singer Liam Gallagher and a doting female roadie, who thinks Liam is "such a sweet boy." Readers looking for shocks, dark secrets or delicious mystery will be disappointed. Hewitt sticks mostly to events that fans are already familiar withsuch as concert triumphs and album releasespeppered with tour itineraries and vague accounts of the band's marathon cocaine parties. Hewitt sprinkles, rather than dishes, the dirt on Oasis, revealing the band members to be neither squeaky-clean nor terribly interesting. Photos not seen by PW. (Apr.)
Library Journal
Too many rock group biographies are written because the artist is popular at the moment, not because there is anything interesting to say about the group. Getting High is an unfortunate case in point. Oasis is a talented young band whose records have performed very impressively in the United States and Britain, but the group has only been together for a few years. Thus, the book provides nothing more than a dreary chronicle of the band's life on the road, a life that seems to consist entirely of drinking, complaining, and fraternal squabbles. Hewitt (The Jam, Trafalgar Square, 1997) writes in a breezy style that frequently lapses into clichs and even bathosthe Nineties are "about freedom. The freedom to take drugs, hold raves, protect the environment." Moreover, the band's music is actually given rather short shrift. Purchase only as demand requires.Rick Anderson, Penacook, N.H.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765469403
  • Publisher: Macmillan Publishers Limited
  • Publication date: 1/20/1998
  • Pages: 399

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