Noel Gallagher is regarded as one of the UK’s most respected musicians and the mastermind behind Britpop super group Oasis. He was born Noel Thomas David Gallagher in Burnage, in May 1967 and raised with his brothers Liam & Paul by Irish parents. At the age of thirteen he started playing guitar and after a variety of jobs became roadie for Manchester band the Inspiral Carpets. In 1991 Noel joined his brother Liam’s band, newly named Oasis, as the songwriter, lead guitarist and occasional vocalist.
Oasis' debut album, Definitely Maybe in 1994, marked the beginning of the band's rise to fame as part of the Britpop movement. There second album, (What's the Story) Morning Glory? (1995), reached the top of the album charts across the globe and their third studio album, Be Here Now (1997), became the fastest-selling album in UK chart history. At their peak they were playing sold-out concerts to over 200,000 people.
The band eventually split in 2009. when Noel left. He then embarked on a solo career and formed Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds. They have since released two best-selling albums.
Noel Gallagher has achieved worldwide acclaim and influenced the musical style of a generation. At the forefront of the Britpop movement in the Nineties, Noel is responsible for writing some of the big anthems of the period, including 'Wonderwall' and 'Champagne Supernova'.
Browse our unique collection of Noel Gallagher photos and prints below
Noel Gallagher performing with Oasis on The Main Stage in 1995 during Glastonbury's 25th Anniversary Festival
Terrible vibes between Noel and Liam produced a wonderful set of pictures. Taken in Paris in November 1995.
This was taken during a break in filming the Oasis Wonderwall video.
Noel & Liam Gallagher from Oasis backstage before performing onstage at Wembley Stadium in July 2000
Taken during the Oasis 'Definitely Maybe' Tour in Detroit, USA in 1995
Contact sheet of Noel & Liam Gallagher larking around during the recording sessions for 'Be Here Now' at Abbey Road Studios in October 1996
Oasis performing onstage during the first of their legendary Knebworth gigs in 1996.
Noel and Liam Gallagher photographed in Nice, France whilst recording Oasis's fourth album 'Standing on the Shoulder of Giants'
Noel recalls "Maine Road was where we all used to go as kids. So I was standing there, trying to make sure I never forgot this moment"
Johnny Marr had given Noel one of his guitars in the early days when he was broke. Now he was able to buy any guitar that took his fancy
Noel Gallagher tuning his guitar on the floor of Studio Two, Abbey Road Studios during the recording sessions for Be Here Now in 1996
Liam Gallagher owning the stage whilst headlining with Oasis at the Glastonbury Festival in 1995
Noel Gallagher rehearsing in Studio Two at Abbey Road in October 1996 during the recordings for the Oasis album 'Be Here Now'
Oasis captured at Manchester Airport in May 1994. Noel cheekily sticks his tongue out behind Liam's back!
This was taken on the first Oasis American tour. Twin benches on the boardwalk were ideal for this back-to-back portrait of the brothers
George Martin was involved in the making of a TV documentary about Air Studios while Oasis were recording there
Taken on the video shoot for one of Noel Gallagher's greatest songs 'Wonderwall' in September 1995. A beam of evening light hits the spot.
"To wear your woman's white cable knit sweater in front of a crowd of 125,000 takes some guts but Liam wore it with a swagger" Noel said
Part of a cover shoot for Q Magazine shot backstage at The Point Dublin in March 1996 before the gig.
This was taken in Schipol Airport while we waited for the luggage. I rounded them up and asked them to sit on the edge of the conveyor belt.
At the time of Wonderwall Oasis not only sounded like The Beatles they looked like them too.
This photograph was taken during a break in filming the Oasis Wonderwall video in September 1995.
Studio Two in Abbey Road Studios, Liam Gallagher performing during a recording session for 'Be Here Now' in 1996
Noel Gallagher photographed by Jill Furmanovsky whilst recording the Oasis album 'Be Here Now' in 1996
Noel Gallagher setting up before his Oasis gig at the Cambridge Corn Exchange in December 1994.
Noel Gallagher performing at the Cambridge Corn Exchange in 1994 during Oasis's Definitely Maybe Tour.
Stunning photograph of Noel Gallagher used on the cover for Jill Furmanovsky's Oasis photography book 'Was There Then'
Stunning silhouette shot by Jill Furmanovsky of Oasis rehearsing at the NEC, Birmingham prior to their huge Knebworth Park gigs.
Noel Gallagher adusting the sound during Oasis's sell-out gigs at Knebworth Park in August 1996
Noel Gallagher rehearsing onstage at Knebworth Park before Oasis performed their famous two day gigs in August 1996
Jill Furmanovsky photograph of Noel Gallagher taken in France during the recording of their 4th album 'Standing on the Shoulder of Giants'
Noel Gallagher photographed at Ridge Farm Studio in 1996 whilst Oasis were recording their album 'Be Here Now'.
Contact sheet featuring images of Oasis taken at the NEC Birmingham during the rehearsals for their iconic Knebworth Park gigs in 1996
Noel & Liam Gallagher captured during a quick shoot outside the exhibition halls of the NEC during Oasis's Knebworth rehearsals in July 1996
10th August, 1996 Noel Gallagher onstage at Knebworth Park during Oasis's landmark gigs
Oasis photographed by Jill Furmanovsky in June 1995 when they headlined the Glastonbury Festival
Noel Gallagher captured in Studio 2 at Abbey Road Studios in 1996 whilst Oasis were recording 'Be Here Now'
Captivating photograph of Noel Gallagher rehearsing in Studio 2, Abbey Road Studios during Oasis' recording of Be Here Now
Noel & Liam Gallagher photographed by Jill Furmanovsky in the baggage reclaim area of Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam in November 1997
Noel Gallagher from Oasis photographed by Jill Furmanovsky at Wheeler End Studio in the late nineties.
Oasis band shot taken in San Francisco during their USA Definitely Maybe Tour in January 1995.
Oasis show off their new scooters outside London’s Earls Court Arena in November 1995, when they played two shows at the venue.
Noel Gallagher playing guitar at Wheeler End Studio in April 2004.
Montage Oasis print created from images taken during the band in the 1990s by Jill Furmanovsky.