Oasis' Definitely Maybe by Alex NivenOasis' Definitely Maybe by Alex Niven

Oasis' Definitely Maybe

byAlex Niven

Paperback | May 8, 2014

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Oasis's incendiary 1994 debut album Definitely Maybe managed to summarize almost the entire history of post-fifties guitar music from Chuck Berry to My Bloody Valentine in a way that seemed effortless. But this remarkable album was also a social document that came closer to narrating the collective hopes and dreams of a people than any other record of the last quarter century. In a Britain that had just undergone the most damaging period of social upheaval in a century under the Thatcher government, Noel Gallagher ventriloquized slogans of burning communitarian optimism through the mouth of his brother Liam and the playing of the other Oasis 'everymen': Paul McGuigan, Paul Arthurs and Tony McCarroll. On Definitely Maybe, Oasis communicated a timeworn message of idealism and hope against the odds, but one that had special resonance in a society where the widening gap between high and low demanded a newly superhuman kind of leaping. Alex Niven charts the astonishing rise of Oasis in the mid 1990s and celebrates the life-affirming, communal force of songs such as "Live Forever," "Supersonic," and "Cigarettes & Alcohol." In doing so, he seeks to reposition Oasis in relation to their Britpop peers and explore one of the most controversial pop-cultural narratives of the last thirty years.
Alex Niven is a writer from the north-east of England. He has written for publications such as The Guardian, LA Review of Books and The Quietus, and his first book Folk Opposition was published in 2011.
Title:Oasis' Definitely MaybeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 6.5 × 4.75 × 0.5 inPublished:May 8, 2014Publisher:BloomsburyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1623564239

ISBN - 13:9781623564230

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from More than just muaic This book dives into the politics of Working class Manchester that brought forth a lot of the themes in Oasis' early music. A must read for any Britpop fan. #plumreviews
Date published: 2017-06-18

Table of Contents

Foreword Intro: A speck of dust in a football stadium 1. Earth 2. Water 3. Fire 4. Air Postscript: Quintessence Reading and Watching Notes

Editorial Reviews

As well as an accomplished assessment of an underrated album from an overrated band, the book is a salutary example of how to interpret politics through culture, and culture through politics.