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Oasis (Guigsy McGuigan; Noel David Thomas Gallagher; Liam Gallagher; Alan White; Paul ('Bonehead') Arthurs)

1 of 2 portraits of Paul ('Bonehead') Arthurs

Oasis (Guigsy McGuigan; Noel David Thomas Gallagher; Liam Gallagher; Alan White; Paul ('Bonehead') Arthurs)

by Jill Furmanovsky
toned bromide fibre print, 23 November 1995
14 5/8 in. x 18 1/2 in. (370 mm x 470 mm)
Purchased, 1999
Photographs Collection
NPG x87862

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  • Jill Furmanovsky (1953-), Photographer. Artist of 9 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.

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A swaggering super group for the 1990s, Oasis, centered on the Gallagher brothers, redefined British pop with albums Definitely Maybe (1994) and (What's The Story?) Morning Glory and singles Cigarettes and Alcohol (1994), Roll With It and Wonderwall(both 1995). More recent albums include Be Here Now (1997), Standing on The Shoulder of Giants (2000) and the hits album Familiar to Millions (2000), recorded live at Wembley Stadium.

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  • Hoare, Philip; Pepper, Terence, Icons of Pop, 1999 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 4 June -19 September 1999), p. 96

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Current affairs

Nick Leeson is imprisoned for four years after he is found to have hidden $1.4 billion in debt. Leeson acted as a 'rogue trader' by dealing in futures and options on the Tokyo stock exchange without the authority of Barings Bank who he was working for. After an earthquake in Japan the market took a massive downturn and Barings - Britain's oldest bank - went bankrupt.

Art and science

Two classic Britpop singles fight for the number 1 spot when Blur releases Country House on the same day as Oasis's Roll With It. Although Blur sold more copies of their single, Oasis eclipsed them when their album (What's the Story) Morning Glory became the forth best selling UK album of all time. Jonathan Edwards breaks the world record for triple jump twice in once day.


Over 8000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys are murdered by the Bosnian Serb army in the Srebrenica Massacre. The genocide was part of Serbia's ethnic cleansing campaign to remove the Bosniak population from the Serb Republic. It was the largest mass-murder in Europe since World War II. 12 people die, and 54 are seriously injured when members of the Aum Shinrikyo cult release Sarin gas into the Tokyo subway.

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