Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Liam Plays Host to Iconic Covers

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Liam Plays Host to Iconic Covers

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HE created some of Oasis's most iconic record covers - and now an exhibition of renowned Britpop photographer Brian Cannon's work is to go on show at Liam Gallagher's Pretty Green store in Manchester.

The shot that graced the band's debut album Definitely Maybe as well as images from smash-hit singles including Wonderwall, Some Might Say and Roll With It will feature alongside never-before-seen out-takes from some of his most famous shoots in the show, which opens this Friday.

Brian, who has also worked with the likes of The Verve, Super Furry Animals, Suede, Cast and Ash, could never have predicted just how famous his work would become as he shot the Definitely Maybe cover at guitarist Paul 'Bonehead' Arthurs' house in Didsbury in 1994.

But he says he knew even then that the band were destined for greatness - and they did too.

"Nobody knew who they were back then, but I think they genuinely did believe that they were something else, that they would be stratospherically big," he said.

"Quality doesn't always guarantee success but they were just brilliant. I just felt it and I thought it would be a travesty if they didn't make it big."

Behind the selfassurance, rock and roll antics and welldocumented feuds, Brian says the band were always 'total professionals' when he worked with them. "Don't believe everything you read about them," he said. They were very enthusiastic and totally into it - not just the music but the artwork itself as well.

"I would have creative meetings with Noel, I'd give him some pointers and he'd come back with some ideas.

"I got him and he got me. Nothing ever got rejected or reshot."

One of the most memorable shoots was for their third album Be Here Now, when they sank a Rolls Royce in a swimming pool.

"It was scary actually, we knew we only got one go at it and none of us had ever done anything like that before," he said. "It was a bizarre sight, this Rolls Royce creaking precariously on all this scaffolding and then we had to fill the pool back up. …

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