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LONDON — It was a shining but all-too-brief moment in British history, and now it’s the subject of a documentary starring the Gallagher brothers, Jarvis Cocker and Damien Hirst. "Live Forever," released here on Monday, is the story of the...

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"We weren’t going to do it unless we got the holy trinity of Britpop in there — the Gallaghers, Jarvis Cocker and Damon Albarn," says Battsek. "A lot of musicians don’t like talking about what they did in the past because they think it negates what they’re doing now. There was a general reluctance to talk."

But once they got started, there was no stopping them. Toward the end of the film, Noel is asked whether he knew he was making history at the time. His answer is no: "If we’d have sat down and calculated we were going to make history, I certainly would have worn a better outfit and gone to bed a little bit earlier — and tried to keep Liam off the sauce."
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