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The covers of Oasis’ first three albums became as iconic and memorable as the songs Noel Gallagher crafted. Teri Saccone meets the man who created them, photographer Michael Spencer Jones

Michael Spencer Jones is a visual risk taker who pushes boundaries with record sleeve art and portraits. Famed for his work with Oasis and he Verve, Jones’ disruptive approach is visceral, oten mischievous and consummately authentic. His images luently mirror the music they represent.

Jones shot the memorable cover for Oasis’ 1994 debut Deinitely Maybe. He later submerged a Rolls-Royce in a swimming pool for 1997’s Be Here Now, the fastest-selling album in British history, shiting one million copies in its first two weeks. Later this year, his Masterplan25 exhibit of Oasis images will open across the UK.

A finely nuanced artist, Jones’ infatuation with photography began at the age of 12 via an anniversary issue of Life magazine his dad bought which, he explains: “Contained every aspect of photography in its pages: reportage, fashion, still life, infra-red techniques and much more, I was instantly fascinated. that you can capture one second in time forever amazed me.At school, I was very science- orientated. But at the age of 16, I suddenly became interested in the arts. Photography was perfect because it’s where art meets science.”

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It's Just Rock 'N' Roll! Issue 30 of Long Live Vinyl celebrates the 25th anniversary of Oasis' stellar debut album, Definitely Maybe. Our exclusive collector's covers, shot by Oasis photographer Michael Spencer Jones, allow you to choose between Noel and Liam editions – or buy both! Inside, some of the band's closest allies talk us through the making of an album that sold 7 million copies and changed the face of British guitar music. In our packed interviews section, we sit down with Black Francis to hear why new Pixies album Beneath The Eyrie is among the best records they've ever made, and King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard take a rare break from recording to talk us through their new LP, Infest The Rats' Nest. Elsewhere, we meet one of the hottest new bands of 2019, WH Lung, and the founders of Sub Pop, the Seattle label that put grunge on the map. You'll also find an in-depth look at Talking Heads' 1979 classic Fear Of Music as well as 40 Essential Dream Pop albums to add to your collection. If all that's not enough, we bring you the most comprehensive range of new album, reissue, turntable and hi-fi reviews anywhere on the newsstand. Long Live Vinyl is THE magazine for vinyl lovers. Pick up your copy today…

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