Tony McCarroll’s Oasis – The Truth is the first autobiography to be released by a member of Britpop’s driving force, Oasis. McCarroll hit the skins for Oasis up until his sacking in 1995, just as the band was about to launch through the stratosphere with their career-defining album, (What’s the Story) Morning Glory. The author claims the book chronicles the “truth” about the early days of Oasis. In reality though, it is no more than a 300-page barb aimed squarely at Noel Gallagher.
I am an Oasis fanatic, but this is not a good book. McCarroll comes across as some kind of boring simpleton, with a one-dimensional writing style that does nothing to portray any personality that he may have. After I finished reading, I felt as if I had learned nothing about the man – other than the Noel Gallagher sized chip that lives on his shoulder. This seems to be the only reason McCarroll has bothered to author this lazily written book. Of course, there are two sides to every story,and so some of this book is undoubtedly true. How much though is irrelevant, for McCarroll’s bitterness is palpable and ruins any chance of the reader sympathising with him. The drummer even finds time to casually drop an anecdote belittling the size of Noel’s .. equipment. Most telling of all is the name of the final chapter: “Arise Sir Noel, the Lord Mayor of Loneliness”.
Ultimately, Oasis – The Truth, is no more than a chronological descent into the breakdown of McCarroll’s relationship with Noel. It is a rock autobiography that offers limited insight into the band, and is crying out for more tales of rock n’ roll debauchery. Oasis fanatics will find this a vaguely interesting read – albeit one with little substance. Everybody else – do not waste your time. For the record, Noel once had this to say about McCarroll: “Shite drummer. Shite hair. Shite trainers”. After reading the book, it’s hard to disagree.