Noel Thomas David Gallagher is an English musician, singer, songwriter and guitarist. He served as the lead guitarist, co-lead vocalist and principal songwriter of the English rock band Oasis, raised in Burnage, Manchester, Gallagher began learning guitar at the age of thirteen. After a series of odd jobs in construction, he worked for local Manchester band Inspiral Carpets as a roadie and technician in 1988. Whilst touring with them, he learned that his brother Liam Gallagher had formed a band of his own, known as The Rain, after Gallagher returned to England, he was invited by his brother to join Oasis as songwriter and guitarist. Oasis debut album, Definitely Maybe, marked the beginning of the rise to fame as part of the Britpop movement. Oasis second album, Morning Glory. reached the top of the charts in many countries and their third studio album, Be Here Now. Britpop eventually declined in popularity and Oasis next two failed to revive it. However, the final two albums, Dont Believe the Truth and Dig Out Your Soul, were hailed as its best efforts in over a decade. On 28 August 2009, following an altercation with Liam prior to a gig in Paris, Noel Gallagher announced his departure from Oasis and on 23 October 2009, Gallagher would go on to form Noel Gallaghers High Flying Birds. Gallagher also shared a rivalry with fellow Britpop band Blur. However, he was regarded as the spear-head of the Britpop movement. Many have praised Gallaghers songwriting, with George Martin claiming him to be the finest songwriter of his generation, in 2012, he was among the British cultural icons selected by artist Sir Peter Blake to appear in a new version of his most famous artwork – the Beatles Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover – to celebrate the British cultural figures of his life, Gallagher was born in Longsight, Manchester, the son of Irish Catholic parents Peggy and Thomas Gallagher. He was the second child, after the birth of Paul Anthony Gallagher. Soon after the birth of younger brother Liam in 1972, the Gallaghers moved to Ashburn Avenue in the Manchester suburb of Burnage and he and his brothers were often beaten by their father, who was an alcoholic, and he was often reclusive. Liam described him as the weirdo in the family, due to their unease around their father, he and Paul both developed stammers. As the oldest child, Paul was given a room to himself, Peggy Gallagher acquired a legal notice of separation from her husband in 1976. Six years later, she left him, taking the three boys with her
Gallagher performing in 2012
Cranwell Drive, Burnage, Manchester, where the Gallagher brothers used to live (pictured 2011).