I believe that it is the music of our time that will be remembered long after

we are gone, and it is bands like Oasis that led the revolution which took

place recently. Oasis, headed by brothers Liam and Noel Gallagher was

the first band after The Beatles to lash out against what had become the

normal way a band should be, and that is why they will be known for years

to come as the band who changed rock music.

Noel Gallagher was born on May 29, 1967 in Manchester, he was the

second son of Thomas and Margaret Gallagher. Thomas, Tommy to the

boys at the pub, was a construction worker. He and his wife, known to her

pals as Peggy, resided in the working-class Manchester suburb called

Burnage with their first boy, Paul.

"God was playing a joke when He made me," Noel Gallagher once said.

"You know, 'Let's make this guy a writer and a guitar player, but let's make

him write with his left hand but play with his right, and let's have him born

in the middle of May and give him a Christmas name like Noel. Little did

Noel know that when he grew up he was to become the frontman of one of

the most influential rock bands in music history at a time when music was

the most influential form of speech on the planet.

Little Liam arrived in the Gallagher household five years later, on

September 21, 1972. He and Noel were forced to share a bedroom,

something that always bothered Noel to no end, seeing how Paul, just a

year-and-a-half older than him, had his own room. But Liam and Noel

made the best of it, and the bedroom saw the beginnings of the somewhat

loving, often heated relationship between the brothers. The boys kept a

running record of their childhood by scrawling on their wall, later

described by Tommy as their "wonderwall", later to become the title of

one of their biggest selling singles. Bits of songs, poems, favourite bands,

football teams and the like were all immortalised on their bedroom wall. In

addition to their love of football, the lads also became engrossed with

rock'n'roll. Both Noel and Liam were big fans of tubby '70s glamrocker

Alvin Stardust. "When he came on telly they'd mime along and pretend to

be Alvin," their father remembers, "and I'd always catch them singing into

hairbrushes and playing air guitar." Most important to Noel's musical

growth was the North's all-time greatest band, the Beatles. Like many

youngsters, the songsmith first fell in love with the Fab Four via their Red

and Blue hits collections, and they formed the basis of his musical

sensibility for years to come.

"I was about six when I started hearing the Red Album " he recalled in an

interview "They're songs to grow up with, really...The Red Album

documents the Beatles as the greatest pop band ever and The Blue Album

documents them as the greatest rock band ever."

Noel's school life was problematic at best. While he was plainly a bright

young man, he battled with a minor case of dyslexia, which, topped with

the poor quality of Manchester's schools, was a dangerous combination.

"School didn't really hold anything for me," he explained later. "I knew

from a very early age what I wanted to be, I wanted to be a musician."

A chronic childhood kidney infection gave Noel his first taste of standing

apart from the crowd. Because of his ailment, young Noel was not

required to adhere to his primary school's dress code. "I was the only kid

allowed to wear long trousers," he remembered. "The others had these

little grey shorts and I had these dead cool black skin-tight trousers with

little Doc Martens. Everybody hated me." "I was a bit of a rogue when I

was young," Noel once said, "I used to wag school and be into... glue

sniffing and stuff. Then me and this lad robbed our corner shop, which is a

very stupid thing to do, cos everyone knows exactly who you are.” Noel

was put on probation and was grounded for six months. He had absolutely

nothing to do so he just sat there playing one string on an acoustic guitar.

“I thought I was really good for about a year, until someone tuned it up.

Then I thought, 'I can't play the thing at all now. I'm gonna have to start all

over again.’” When Noel was around 13, he ordered his first real guitar

from the John England catalogue and