Andy Reilly has had a love of music and a love of writing for as long back as he can remember. Sometimes this means the previous week but over the years, he has been to more gigs, listened to more albums and put down more withering reviews of acts that were operating at a higher level than they really should have been than most sane people would think was good for them. Of course, as a Glaswegian, Andy believes that doing what is good for you is an optional extra in life.
No matter what else has been going on in his life, music has been a constant companion, usually a friend, sometimes an enemy but never a waste of time. However, within the sometimes cynical front he commonly offers to the world lies the wide-eyed wonder of the child who first heard The Beatles or who went to his first gig. Like anyone dealing with an addiction, there is a desire to experience a song or gig as pure as the first time, which is a large part of the reason why Andy hasn’t given this all up as a bad joke…not yet anyway.
With a wide range of online and magazine based music journalism behind him, with time spent dabbling in football writing as well, Andy has published a short story book which combines his love of the Velvet Underground and his hometown, an influence which lays heavy on his mind and work. His second piece looks back at the wonderful year of 1994 and the debut album of Oasis. The group and Andy may have gone their separate ways at times over the years but it’s a relationship you can never truly quit. Andy hopes to release further books in the future and is thankful that “musical differences” is an affliction that rarely imposes itself on writers.
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Oasis: Definitely Maybe: Here We Are But There We Were
by Andy Reilly
Oasis: Definitely Maybe: Here We Are But There We Were is the story of Oasis, 1994 and the band's debut album. The book looks at how Oasis found themselves in the right place at the right time, exactly who they were railing against, and what the band meant to their adoring public. In the story of Oasis, 1994 deserves to be told in its own right.
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