Getting High: The Adventures of Oasis

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Between 1994 and 1996, music writer Paolo Hewitt spent the greater part of his life on the road with Oasis, in the U.K., Europe and America. He came back with tales that would cement the legend of the brawling, effing, hedonistic, charismatic, confessional and extraordinarily talented Gallagher brothers, Noel and Liam, and their group.

Hewitt is a rare and perceptive fly-on-the-wall during the band’s hectic rise to the height of their powers, as their first two albums are released to the kind of excitement scarcely seen in British rock music since the sixties.

Hewitt takes the Gallaghers’ story right back to their parents’ roots in Ireland, and the descriptions of Noel and Liam’s childhoods in working-class Manchester reveal the seeds of their determination to make Oasis the force it became.

Getting High is an illuminating, funny, sometimes shocking reminder of how big a band can get, and how quickly the insanity sets in. Oasis have today sold in excess of 70 million records worldwide. Hewitt's intimate account of this explosive and beloved band, in their prime, is a rock classic and a riveting narrative.

"Paolo is the only person to speak about what it was like on the road with us because he’s been there. He’s been there, he’s seen it, he’s done it." Noel Gallagher

"Top read." Melody Maker

"Unlimited access to all areas of the Oasis bandwagon is the ace up this biography’s sleeve." Q

"10/10 – sometimes you get what you pay for." Esquire

"By adopting a fly-on-the-wall approach and writing Oasis’s story as though it were a novel rather than a straight biography, he succeeds in entertaining, informing and occasionally putting you inside the head of the Gallagher brothers." Hot Press

"In Getting High we get closer to the real Oasis, not the tabloid fancies, the music press stereotypes of Noel the genius, Liam the wanker and three other blokes who don’t count. Hewitt paints an engrossing and uplifting portrait of one of the most important bands of the decade." The Word and Issue

"Getting High is refreshingly well written" Total Guitar

"Compelling drama" Manchester Evening News

"If you only buy one book about Oasis, then make sure it’s this one."FHM

"This well-researched tome chronicles many a pivotal moment in Oasis’s history and is filled with plenty of ribald anecdotes."NME

"Head and shoulders above every other Oasis book. I hated finishing it so much I read it again." Irvine Welsh

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The best band since the Beatles? Naah. Okay, the best Beatlesque band since the Beatles, not counting Badfinger? I say maybe. In any case, Paolo Hewitt's breathless, ungrammatical bio is a treat, mainly for its day-by-day documentation of exactly how the Brothers Gallagher just can't seem to get along. These belligerent Mancunians bicker, denounce each other to the press, and resort to fisticuffs at the drop of a hat. Noel is always giving Liam right proper stick, or vice-versa. And while the other band members end up with second-banana roles, they don't lag far behind in the hedonism derby, as witness this pharmaceutically-enhanced performance in Manchester: "By the time they got on-stage, they were seriously gone. Bonehead played with three cigarettes in his mouth, Noel was E'd up, Guigsy fell off the stage and McCarroll forgot to tighten the nuts on his cymbals so when he first hit them, his drum kit half- collapsed." The rest is history.

About the Author:

Paolo Hewitt has been for over thirty years one of the U.K.’s foremost writers on popular music. Cutting his teeth at the NME for seven years in the eighties, he also moonlighted as the ‘Cappuccino Kid’, whose musings and manifesti adorned the covers of Style Council albums.

Paolo has written over twenty books, including Getting High: The Adventures of Oasis, Steve Marriott: All Too Beautiful and the novel Heaven’s Promise. Other than music, recurrent themes in his writing include mod culture, football and fashion.

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