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 leg/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
when Noel said, he’d come over and see him tomorrow, Abbot got confused. Oasis had just started their first proper US tour. ‘He said,’ Abbot recalls, ‘that’s it, the fucking band’s over. They’re all fucking pricks. They don’t deserve it. Can you arrange to get me guitars and me baggage back, and can you phone Marcus and apologise, and tell him I’m sorry for all the trouble I’ve caused but I can’t go on.’ Five hours later, Abbot was on a plane bound for America. They didn’t like it, this
a reception party at the Plymouth Hotel in Plymouth Grove. Three weeks later Peggy realised she had made the biggest mistake of her life. Two Somehow, Sunday 1 October 1995 became the first day of Oasis’s week-long British tour in support of their second album, (What’s The Story) Morning Glory? True, there was no gig to play – that would occur the next night in Blackpool – and true, the band weren’t even all in the same town, as Guigsy and Bonehead were in Manchester, with Noel, Liam and Alan
cools down that evening, Noel Gallagher sits in the reception room of the Maison Rouge Studios in Fulham. Stamford Bridge, Chelsea’s football ground, is a few hundred yards down the road. On the table in front of him is a plate of Chinese food that he is eagerly digging into. The clock on the wall reads eight-thirty and there are three women sitting with Noel. They are his girlfriend, Meg Matthews, and her friends, Fran and Jess, and they too are eating. Noel has known them all for about a
had enough and now he’s snapped. He swivels round in his chair and says, ‘For fuck’s sake you two, you always get into one, don’t you?’ ‘Well fucking tell him,’ Liam shouts, pointing at Noel who is now smirking back at him, happy to see Liam riled. ‘Don’t fucking tell me. I’m telling the truth. That dickhead won’t believe me.’ Noel again shakes his cigarette accusingly at his brother and says, ‘There’s more to this. I know it and I’m going to get to the bottom of it.’ ‘Look,’ Owen interjects,
Dimension, ‘Imagine’ by John Lennon (‘What do you mean it sounds like “Don’t Look Back In Anger”? That’s out of order. He had us over. I’m telling ya.’), ‘Jet’ by Wings, ‘Come Together’ by Desmond Dekker And The Israelites (‘except none of them came from Israel’), ‘I Wanna Be Adored’ by The Stone Roses, and ‘Staying Out For The Summer’ by Dodgy. Digsy then plays an acoustic version of his song ‘Just As Bad’, and Noel continues with ‘Eton Rifles’ by The Jam, ‘Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere’ by The Who,