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Oasis

Oasis were an English rock music band formed in Manchester in 1991. They evolved from an earlier band called the Rain, composed of Paul McGuigan (bass guitar), Paul Arthurs (guitar), Tony McCarroll (drums) and Chris Hutton (vocals). Unsatisfied with Hutton, Arthurs invited and auditioned acquaintance Liam Gallagher as a replacement. Liam suggested that the band name be changed to Oasis. This change was inspired by an Inspiral Carpets tour poster that hung in the Gallagher brothers' bedroom. One of the venues the poster listed was the Oasis Leisure Centre in Swindon, Wiltshire.

Oasis played their first ever live gig on 18 August 1991 at the Boardwalk club in Manchester. Liam's brother Noel Gallagher, who was a roadie for Inspiral Carpets, went with the band to watch his younger brother's band play. Whilst Noel and his friends did not think Oasis sounded particularly spectacular, he did begin to consider the possibility of using his brother's group as a possible outlet for a series of songs he had been writing for several years.

Noel approached the group about joining with the proviso that he would become the band's sole songwriter and leader, and that they would commit to an earnest pursuit of commercial success. "He had loads of stuff written," Arthurs recalled. "When he walked in, we were a band making a racket with four tunes. All of a sudden, there were loads of ideas." Oasis under Noel Gallagher crafted a musical approach that relied on simplicity, with Arthurs and McGuigan restricted to playing barre chords and root bass notes; McCarroll playing basic rhythms, and the band's amplifiers turned up to create distortion, Oasis created a sound "so devoid of finesse and complexity that it came out sounding pretty much unstoppable." Oasis have had eight UK number-one singles and eight UK number-one albums, and won fifteen NME Awards, nine Q Awards, four MTV Europe Music Awards and six Brit Awards. By 2009, the band had sold over 70 million records worldwide.

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Oasis pictured at Jodrell Bank Observatory, Cheshire in June 1994

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Terrible vibes between Noel and Liam produced a wonderful set of pictures. Taken in Paris in November 1995.

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This was taken during a break in filming the Oasis Wonderwall video.

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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

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This was the second day of a 2-day press shoot for the release of Be Here Now. It was the day Tony Blair became Prime Minister

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Rehearsals before leaving for a US tour supporting U2.

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Noel & Liam Gallagher from Oasis backstage before performing onstage at Wembley Stadium in July 2000

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Taken during the Oasis 'Definitely Maybe' Tour in Detroit, USA in 1995

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Contact sheet of Noel & Liam Gallagher larking around during the recording sessions for 'Be Here Now' at Abbey Road Studios in October 1996

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Noel Gallagher tuning his guitar on the floor of Studio Two, Abbey Road Studios during the recording sessions for Be Here Now in 1996

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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"

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Noel Gallagher rehearsing in Studio Two at Abbey Road in October 1996 during the recordings for the Oasis album 'Be Here Now'

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Liam and Noel of Oasis, taken during the rehearsals for their upcoming tour

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Liam downs a pint while Noel watches and waits. That sums up their working relationship!

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Oasis were supporting U2 in America. I think this is one of the best live images I've ever taken.

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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

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Terrible vibes between Noel and Liam produced a wonderful set of pictures. Liam drunk, Noel thoroughly fed up, but the session continued.

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George Martin was involved in the making of a TV documentary about Air Studios while Oasis were recording there

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Rehearsals at the Music Bank, a regular haunt, would see Liam take pleasure in giving his famous two finger salute to trains speeding past

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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.

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"I love to shoot musicians in hotel rooms, bland furniture, bland pictures on the wall - so much part of the lifestyle of a rock musician."

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"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

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Taken at a full lighting and sound dress rehearsal. Liam is sitting cross-legged on the floor listening intently to his favourite band

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Part of a cover shoot for Q Magazine shot backstage at The Point Dublin in March 1996 before the gig.

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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.

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At the time of Wonderwall Oasis not only sounded like The Beatles they looked like them too.

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Noel Gallagher of Oasis, with his signature Union Jack guitar.

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Liam Gallagher of Oasis walking the streets of San Francisco.

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This was taken during a break in filming the Oasis Wonderwall video in September 1995.

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Noel & Liam Gallager at Air Studios, London in 1997. This image has been used as poster art for the 2016 Oasis exhibition 'Chasing the Sun'

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This was part of a 2-day press session for the release of Be Here Now. It was taken in the grounds of a stately home, that is now a school.

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Noel and Liam take a break from recording in a pub near Abbey Road. The atmosphere between them had been tense in the preceding weeks

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I was asked to shoot a band session at Abbey Road, about a month after the media furore that was going on at the time.

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Liam wearing the famous brown check coat that never seemed to come off during the tour and watching the sound-check intently as was his way.

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The chalk blackboard and blood red wall were a gift to this session. Liam wrote the words himself.

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Early in October 1997 fans found out that Oasis were recording in Abbey Road, and the graffiti outside started showing Oasis content

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Guitars and equipment on display in Studio Two at Abbey Road during the recording sessions for the Oasis album 'Be Here Now'

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Contact sheet of Liam Gallagher singing during a recording session for 'Be Here Now' at Abbey Road Studios in October 1996

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Studio Two in Abbey Road Studios, Liam Gallagher performing during a recording session for 'Be Here Now' in 1996

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Noel Gallagher photographed by Jill Furmanovsky whilst recording the Oasis album 'Be Here Now' in 1996

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Noel & Liam Gallagher hanging out in a boxing gym in Wigan in March 1997

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