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The Truth - My Life as Oasis's Drummer
Narrated by: Stephen Ballantyne
Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
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In 1991, five wannabe Mancunian musicians came together and cracked the spark that ignited the explosion which became Oasis. The band went from obscurity to a global phenomenon in the space of a year, achieving world-wide recognition and selling over 70 million records. What started out as five young lads with a common dream of becoming rock stars eventually disintegrated into in-fighting, clashes of egos, and financial disputes. In 1995, following the release of Definitely Maybe - the fastest-selling debut of all time - things came to a head and drummer Tony McCarroll left the band.

In this candid and hilarious book, Tony tells one of the most in-depth rock 'n' roll stories of modern times. He reveals the truth about the early years before the band was even formed; he tells of the drinking and drug consumption. Plus, he talks of his much-publicized rift with Noel Gallagher. Tony's recollections include stories involving David Beckham, Prince, Eric Cantona and John McEnroe.

©2010 Anthony McCarroll/Richard Dolan (P)2013 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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great insight

brilliant book with some really funny stories. would highly recommend this to any oasis fan

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Interesting book

An enjoyable book with lots of detail but awful pronunciation of northern sayings by the narrator.
Examples of this are frequent use of words like 'mither' (a north west England saying meaning to be agitated or bothered by someone or something) pronounced by the narrator as 'mi-ther' and 'Mancunian' pronounced 'man-coonian' as well as other sayings and words that just got on my nerves (I am born and bred in Manchester so probably noticed these irritating sics more than someone listening from elsewhere in the U.K.)
Tony Mc seemed full of bitterness towards NG and Guiggs but I can imagine the hate was fully deserved as NG does come across as a short a**ed hitler with a sack of potatoes on his shoulders, I can only imagine how much of a controlling dictator he is in real life and there was something about PG that I never really liked with his personality, I can see him being a bit of a snide (Northerners will know what snide means!) to gain credit with 'the little chief' he just came across as a bit of a snake
Good luck to TM he was shafted by all accounts and I hope that by putting his resentment and anger down on paper and his side of the story across it will be cathartic for him.
Tony Boardman January 2017

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Insightful

An insightful look into the lives of the band.
Funny, sad and entertaining.
However, it did somewhat ruin Noel Gallagher for me..

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From where he's sat, the drummer sees it all

Stephen Ballantyne'accent put me off a little. Don't get me wrong, it's not bad, but it's not Manc. Maybe more Hartlepool. Little things kept tripping him up, an inability to accurately pronounce key words and names like 'mither', 'Alderley Edge', 'LS Lowry' and 'Mancunian'. The last one a particular problem as it is used throughout. So no, it's not 'mivver', 'Auderly Edge', 'LS Luree' or 'Mancoonian'. Once you know that this is an accent he's mimicking, you look out for the mistakes and I kept trying to place his real accent.

That aside, Tony McCarroll's inside story of Oasis is an eye opener and one that confirmed my belief that it is Noel, not Liam, who is the real clown, with Guigsy coming a close second. Both sound like utter nightmares to be on the road with and, if this account is just half correct, then both McCarroll and Liam are well shot of it.

Like the narrator though, McCarroll isn't above mistakes either. I winced each time he mentioned Dvds as being a thing in the early 90s.

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No smoke without fire.

Loved this audiobook. Interesting stories and views from the early years. Funny stories and the good and bad explained.

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Paints Noel in a very poor light

Tony comes across very well and with Noel’s endorsement that the book is “about right” it paints a very poor picture of NG.
Great insight into the band at their height.

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A funny and honest insight to early Oasis.

I’ve read several autobiographies by various musicians but this is the best so far. I enjoyed reliving the early oasis days.




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great story about an amazing band breaking through

my 1st audiobook. loved it! not sure its 100% accurate but a great story about an amazing band making it big time. Tony was a brilliant drummer and deserves more recognition.

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Really interesting and enjoyable

I've read the paperback when it first came out and thought I'd see if I could get through this audiobook too, which I did with ease. Really enjoyable, although very sad for Tony, and an interesting insight into the beginning and early days of Oasis.

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Fascinating. ......

A great insight into what happened with the band..............honest and forthright,it left me thoroughly entertained and educated at the same time!,nice work.

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Insider's view of a rollicking band

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Insider's account of the rise and fall of Oasis. Lots of details of the bands early days with a lot of emphasis on the genius and hubris of Noel Gallagher. The narrative is compromised by the authors falling out with Noël so don't expect a balanced portrait of the Gallaghers. Still, it was an enjoyable read with lots of interesting tidbits.

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