“Go and get a real job” an etching on the wall of the Wherehouse venue in Derby says. The the first image you encounter in the new Oasis ‘Chasing The Sun: 1993-1997’ exhibition is of the Mancunian band sitting backstage before a gig in May 1994, a month after “Supersonic” is released and is three months before the release of the iconic Definitely Maybe album. The image, taken by photographer Johnny Hopkins, signalled the beginning of a change in British culture that lasted throughout the 1990s.
The exhibition, which is to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the release of Definitely Maybe, is being held in London’s trendy Shoreditch High Street and the exterior of the building is as striking as the inside with it being covered in all of Oasis’ album and single artwork that was photographed and designed by Brian Cannon. Inside more of Cannon’s work for the band is featured including a life-size set of the Definitely Maybe cover whereby fans can recreate the cover. Definitely Maybe will also be re-released on May 19th on Big Brother Recordings which is available on standard CD & digital download, Special Edition 3x CD & digital download, 12″ vinyl LP and Deluxe Box Set.
Photographs by famed photographers such as Jill Furmanovsky, Kevin Cummins and Paul Slattery are also showcased giving fans an insight into the band’s career including shots from Oasis’ Maine Road gig in 1996. Prints are available to buy from the exhibition.
Memorabilia such as tickets and VIP passes from concerts such as Knebworth, Loch Lomond and Earls Court are on display as well as Liam Gallagher’s parka that he wore during Glastonbury, Bonehead’s white suit from the “All Around The World” video shoot and Noel Gallagher’s Epiphone Sheraton ‘Union Jack’ guitar used on the Whats The Story? Morning Glory tour dates.
‘Oasis: Chasing The Sun 1993-1997’ runs from April 11-22 at the Londonewcastle Project Space, 28 Redchurch Street, London, E2 7DP with free admission.
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday: 12-7pm
Thursday and Friday: 12-8pm
Sunday and Bank Holidays: 12-6pm
Nearest London Underground Station: Shoreditch High Street (Overground) or Liverpool Street (Central, Circle and Metropolitan)
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Here are a few photographs of the exhibition:
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