Published Oct 20, 2010Even before breaking up last year, Britpop heroes Oasis spent the better part of two decades squabbling amongst one another. Now, founding drummer Tony McCarroll is planning to offer his own take on the legendary band's career with a new tell-all book entitled Oasis: The Truth.
McCarroll played drums with Oasis from 1991 to 1995, playing all of the drums on 1994's classic Definitely Maybe, as well as on the 1995 single "Some Might Say," which appeared on (What's the Story) Morning Glory? that same year. His book promises to tell a version of the Oasis story that doesn't revolve entirely around the Gallagher brothers.
McCarroll told NME, "There's a lot of things I need to put right. There is another side to the Oasis story which I think needs to be appreciated. Maybe even get other band members recognized for once. It wasn't all about one person."
McCarroll's time in the band was reportedly fraught with tension, and there were rumours of a fistfight upon his departure. In 1999, he sued the band for £18 million (around $29 million), eventually agreeing to an out-of-court settlement of £55,000 pounds (just under $89,000).
Despite his lawsuit, McCarroll claims to have tried to clear the air with his ex-bandmates, saying, "Believe me, I offered the olive branch many times. You know, tried to appease things, whatever it was. Whatever these issues were. He [Noel Gallagher] wasn't forthcoming in any kind of way."
Cash grab or not, McCarroll's book is bound to offer some juicy details about the group. He said, "I'm going up against a bloody global brand. I'm doing this for me, at the end of the day. It's my little opinion, and I'm speaking for the little man."
Oasis: The Truth is due out on November 20 via John Blake Publishing.