Undoubtedly one of the biggest bands to come from Britain in the past 20 years, the contributions of Oasis to global music and culture are insurmountable. Now, a little over twenty years after the band changed the musical landscape as pioneers of the Britpop movement, Oasis are enjoying two separate celebrations on their home turf.
Manchester Central Library is hosting a photographic gallery of the band, created by Jill Furmanovsky. A famous musician photographer in her own right, Furmanovsky presents a pictorial journey through Oasis’ history. A band with a strong (but low-key) visual aesthetic, you can be sure that the Oasis exhibition will visit some of the band’s most striking visuals from across their career. This exhibition also has ties to the greater Manchester music scene and history, making use of original materials from the “Was There Then” exhibition from 1997, which was hosted at the legendary Hacienda club.
“DNA Oasis” wasn’t the only Oasis exhibition on display this Autumn, however. The famous “Chasing The Sun” exhibition which was greatly acclaimed in London visited Manchester in October. Spanning the years 1993 to 1997, “Chasing The Sun” explores the formative years of the band’s development and offers fans the opportunity to recreate the iconic “Definitely Maybe” album cover on a life-size replica set.
Originally debuted in 2014, “Chasing The Sun” enjoyed more than 40,000 visitors in just ten days after launching. The exhibition also featured various other memorabilia including the melting clock from the “Supersonic” sleeve and the Gibson Les Paul gifted to Noel Gallagher by fellow Mancunian music legend Johnny Marr.
If there’s one thing these exhibitions prove, it’s that even seven years after the band called it day, Oasis still command the hearts of music-lovers worldwide.
Jill Furmanovsky’s “DNA Oasis” will be on display at Manchester Central Library until January 28, 2017. It is free to enter.