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A Drink with Shane Macgowan

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Publisher Comments:

The co-founder of the Irish band The Pogues presents his autobiography as a series of interviews between him and his wife, Clarke, where he recounts growing up on an Irish farm, living in London in the mid 1970s, and reflects on the success of The Pogues and why he left the band. Photos.

Synopsis:

Best known as the cofounder of the Irish band The Pogues, Shane MacGowan has become a cult figure on the alternative-music scene. His achingly beautiful lyrics, as well as his legendary lifestyle of excess, have earned him an avid following that packs his shows and buys his albums. One of the most unusual memoirs to come along in quite a while, A Drink with Shane MacGowan is structured as a series of interviews between MacGowan and his wife, Clarke. The singer recounts his experiences growing up on a farm in Ireland, where his family began giving him two pints of Guinness a night at the tender age of five and his father took him to hang out with bookies and drunks at the local pub. He tells of moving to London and becoming part of the London club scene in the mid-1970s, just as punk was beginning to emerge, offering a firsthand portrait of a seminal time and place in music history. MacGowan also provides his own, strongly opinionated views on The Pogues' success and the reasons for his abrupt departure from the band. As he invites us into this fascinating world, MacGowan tells many hilarious stories and riffs on a wide range of subjects, from Irish history and politics to literature, film, religion, his own substance abuse, and much more. Sometimes maddening, sometimes charming, often brilliant, and always honest, A Drink with Shane MacGowan is an enjoyable romp with a truly unique personality. PRAISE FOR SHANE MACGOWAN: "MacGowan can be a dazzling songwriter, channeling his unruliness into rambunctious tales of drinking, sporting, drinking, fighting, and drinking."--Los Angeles Times

Product Details

ISBN:
9780802137906
Author:
Macgowan, Shane
Author:
Clarke, Victoria Mary
Author:
MacGowan, Shane
Publisher:
Grove Press
Location:
New York
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts
Subject:
Ireland
Subject:
Rock musicians
Subject:
Composers & Musicians - Pop
Subject:
Alternative
Subject:
Alternative & Indie
Subject:
Rock musicians - Ireland
Subject:
MacGowan, Shane
Subject:
Biography-Composers and Musicians
Subject:
Music-Popular Performers
Subject:
Music-Rock History
Edition Number:
1st American ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
3136
Publication Date:
20010531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
16 pages of BandW photographs
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 16.5 oz

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Arts and Entertainment » Music » General
Arts and Entertainment » Music » Genres and Styles » Rock
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Best known as the cofounder of the Irish band The Pogues, Shane MacGowan has become a cult figure on the alternative-music scene. His achingly beautiful lyrics, as well as his legendary lifestyle of excess, have earned him an avid following that packs his shows and buys his albums. One of the most unusual memoirs to come along in quite a while, A Drink with Shane MacGowan is structured as a series of interviews between MacGowan and his wife, Clarke. The singer recounts his experiences growing up on a farm in Ireland, where his family began giving him two pints of Guinness a night at the tender age of five and his father took him to hang out with bookies and drunks at the local pub. He tells of moving to London and becoming part of the London club scene in the mid-1970s, just as punk was beginning to emerge, offering a firsthand portrait of a seminal time and place in music history. MacGowan also provides his own, strongly opinionated views on The Pogues' success and the reasons for his abrupt departure from the band. As he invites us into this fascinating world, MacGowan tells many hilarious stories and riffs on a wide range of subjects, from Irish history and politics to literature, film, religion, his own substance abuse, and much more. Sometimes maddening, sometimes charming, often brilliant, and always honest, A Drink with Shane MacGowan is an enjoyable romp with a truly unique personality. PRAISE FOR SHANE MACGOWAN: "MacGowan can be a dazzling songwriter, channeling his unruliness into rambunctious tales of drinking, sporting, drinking, fighting, and drinking."--Los Angeles Times
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