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Wednesday, September 04, 2013
Interview with GQ Icon Noel Gallagher
To mark his Icon award at this year's GQ Men Of The Year Noel Gallagher sat down with Danny Wallace to discuss his thoughts on literature, One Direction and so much more. Read the full interview in the October issue but in the meantime here are Gallagher's thoughts on the increasingly strange world of citizen paparazzi and what happened when he gave Rihanna a gift backstage.
"I don't do rock star stuff. I don't wear sunglasses all the time - I tend to wear them when it's sunny. I don't have an entourage, and when I do it's pathetic. Never more than two people. I was at a festival in Norway and Rihanna's just arrived with a hundred people. F***ing small army. And I had to go into this room, which was all just racks of clothing and stuff that designers and punters had brought to give to Rihanna. And they all had these cards in front of them, saying: 'Dear Rihanna, we are such huge fans, please accept this $90,000 handbag from whoever and whoever'. And I'm reading all these cards as I'm waiting to go in… so I went back to my dressing room and got the little bowl of Cadbury's Sensations and left it there on her table with a card saying 'Dear Rihanna, please accept these chocolates on behalf of Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds'. And she took them. She f***ing took them.
The celebrity thing is… I've been at airports or restaurants or walked into newsagents and it can be like something from the Wild West… everyone goes for their pockets. They're going for their phones. And you can tell that some of them, they don't even know who you are - but they know you're famous. And their first reaction is to get a picture. Why? What are they going to do with that? What on earth are they going to do with that? And if I say no, why insist? Why follow me down the high street, complaining, saying, 'But I've bought all your records!' I don't care if you've bought all my records! Go home and listen to them then! I don't understand the trophy photograph. No one - not one of my mates - has ever once gone to me, 'Look! Here's a photo of me with Telly Savalas!'. Brilliant. Well done. What are you going to do with that? Put it in the National Portrait Gallery? What is the point? And the thing is about people taking pictures - they don't f***ing know how to operate a camera. None of them. 'Can I get a quick photo?'. Well, it's not going to be quick, is it? Or if someone comes up to you in Selfridges while you're buying socks and pants, and gives you a tube ticket to sign... I have to say, 'I am not signing that'. It's the argumentative soul in me. 'Why not?' Well, what are you going to do with it? Are you going to put that tube ticket on a plinth at home? Come on. Go and get an album. I'll be in this section buying socks for the next 45 minutes. HMV is downstairs. You can be there and back in ten minutes. Do not make me sign the back of a f***ing receipt from Boots."
Read the full exclusive interview and photo shoot in the The Men Of The Year Issue of British GQ,
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