In 1994, Oasis was on the fast–track to the top. Hailed as the kings of Britpop, and by some as “the new Beatles,” the band had conquered the British charts and were on the verge of international success. Their first world tour, playing on three continents, was the critical moment in the band’s emergence as an international force. Photographer Paul Slattery was there through that entire crucial period. In Oasis: A Year on the Road, Slattery’s photos capture the excitement and the drama of the times, and his recollections offer a revealing counterpoint to the candid images.
A professional photographer for more than 20 years, Paul Slattery is internationally known for his work with Oasis, The Smiths, The Clash, U2, and other major bands.
Paul first jumped into the photographer’s pit at a gig by his teenage guitar hero Link Wray at London’s Lyceum in June 1975 when he should have been studying for his final exams.
Narrowly passing those exams, he could have got a job as a town planner, but it was planning the next gig that soon be-came his life. A chance meeting with Lemmy at the Nashville in West Kens-ington convinced him of the need to have a rock and roll lifestyle and he sub-sequently went on to photograph the Pistols, The Ramones and The Clash.
Going on to photograph such bands as U2, Joy Division, The Fall and The Specials he has flirted with Heavy Metal and survived drinking sessions with the likes of Judas Priest, Iron Maiden and of course Motörhead and counts Lemmy as a true gent and a number one rock god.
In complete contrast he made some of the most iconic photographs of the Smiths in the mid eighties, and in the late eighties and early nineties he photographed the Stones Roses and a young Manic Street Preachers, bands that captured the spirit of the times.
In February 1994 he was introduced to a then unknown band called Oasis with whom he eventually spent a year on the road. It is from these pho-tographs that this book has been compiled.
Paul’s photographs have ap-peared in thousands of magazines worldwide, over 80 books on rock and roll bands, and on numerous CD’s.
Previous books; The Smiths - The Early Years published by Vision On, Omni-bus Press.
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