Through the magic of my Kindle, I have read a variety of books over the last two years. Most of these have been autobiographies or tell-all works about the careers of their authors, and they have mostly revolved around motorsport or music (currently I’m reading Porcelain, the long-awaited memoir by electronica genius Moby). Some have even been about exactly the same person, band or subject, to such an extent that I may sometimes find myself reading about the same events and outcomes. Despite this, however, I have found that more often than not, no two books are quite the same, regardless of how identical they may initially seem.
Take Oasis, for example. If I think about it, off the top of my head I must have read at least four or five books thus far about that band. Each has covered their most successful and wildest years, namely in the mid-1990s, but each will give a different perspective of that period – in turn causing me to become even more engrossed in their rowdy rock and roll history. It just goes to show that no story is ever truly exhausted, because there are a million different avenues through which it can be explored. Everybody who worked close to Oasis that I’ve read about so far saw their lives affected in a different way, meaning it will therefore be translated to the page differently and in a refreshing manner that I have yet to experience. These experiences range from the relentless enthusiasm and passion, and excitement seen by their tour manager, Iain Robertson, as told in his book What’s the Story?, to the opposition faced by the band’s immensely underrated original drummer Tony McCarroll, documented in The Truth: My Life As Oasis’ Drummer. Both books come among numerous examples that prove you can’t necessarily have too much of the same thing, and that if you’re a writer who has another perspective on something to offer, you should definitely consider getting it out there. Not only does it give you the chance to get your creative juices flowing as you tell it, but it’ll give the readers, viewers or listeners something new to consume that’ll continue to stimulate them, and that may even gratify them if you’re lucky.
Have you got something else to add? Is it interesting? Are you certain there’s no risk of causing hurt or offence? If the answer to all of those questions is “yes”, what could be wrong with more of the same, if it’ll engross and intrigue us all?