Forever The People by Paolo Hewitt

Forever The People

By Paolo Hewitt

  • Release Date: 2011-08-10
  • Genre: Music
Score: 4
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In September 1997 the writer Paolo Hewitt was invited by Oasis to accompany them for six months on their Worldwide Be Here Now tour. It was some trip. Starting in the UK and stretching right around the world, Hewitt was able to get closer to the band than any other writer. He followed the group literally from the hotel room to the stage, and back again. 

Forever The People is his intimate and gripping account of all the tour's drama. He writes of amazing gigs in Rio and court appearances in Australia. He details the band hanging out with the likes of Maradona, Johnny Depp and Naomi Campbell and he watches as three hotels and two airlines attempt to ban the group worldwide. Paolo reveals their unique humour and he perceptively illuminates the effect that life on the road extracts from all who undertake it.

Forever The People is no mere hagiography of Oasis. As he observes, after the amazing success of their (What's the story) Morning Glory? album, Oasis was a 'band in search of meaning', a band that had been rocked by criticism of their Be Here Now album whilst busy fighting off new contenders for their crown.

This is the story of how Oasis, saved themselves from themselves and found a future, found new horizons.


  • Decent read if you're a big Oasis Fan

    By Cunners SwFc
    I enjoyed it, as a huge Oasis fan and someone who saw a few of the gigs on the tour, it's a great little insight into what went off. Definitely worth getting if you're a big fan.
  • Perfect for Oasis fans

    By Jimzer
    I'm a massive Oasis fan and loved this book. It's a tale of the Be Here Now tour. I found it very interesting, as I always do with anything like this. If you love Oasis, but this book now! Dead cheap for what it is too ;)
  • This man is a fool.

    By Matt Slong
    Don't expect much. God knows how he got any of his books published. Badly written but there are a few good stories in there. Less that what you would think considering how much time he spent with the band. Good opportunity squandered b a poor writer.
  • Live Forever! Great memories

    By Scot Jock
    Even today as The Gallacher brothers attempt to go it alone it is evident that Oasis will live forever, and will always be fondly remembered for their live shows, brotherly arguments and anthems. Thats why this book from right inside the camp is a must read. Hewitt, an established writer, had full access that only a few ever got. He was invited on the tour, on the back of his 'Getting High' book on the band. He told it exactly as it was, with many amusing stories and incidents covered. I liked the quote where Noel told him at the top of a temple that he didnt care what he wrote as long as he wrote this ... . An enjoyable read.