A Drink with Shane MacGowan (Paperback)
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A Drink with Shane MacGowan (Paperback)

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Paperback 400 Pages
Published: 09/10/2014
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Funny, honest, brilliant and opinionated, A Drink with Shane MacGowan is the highly-acclaimed memoir of a true music icon.

'One of the freshest, most original biographies I've ever read' - Lynne Barber, Observer

'His candour, coupled with an acerbic wit, makes him an ideal guide through an unmistakably colourful life' - Time Out

Shane MacGowan was an intensely talented songwriter whose band, The Pogues, merged punk with Irish folk music to create a sound uniquely their own. An anarchic hellraiser with the soul of a poet, he is forever associated with Christmas after the chart-topping success of 'Fairytale of New York', his duet with Kirsty McColl.

He grew up on a small farm in Tipperary, won a scholarship to Westminster, was rapidly expelled, became a rent boy, then a central figure of punk and the hugely influential star of The Pogues - until his bandmates got so fed up of his behaviour they kicked him out for a time. MacGowan's music, innovative and powerful, is as distinctive as his chaotic, breakdown-scarred, drug and alcohol-fuelled lifestyle.

Written with his girlfriend (and later wife) Victoria Mary Clarke, A Drink With Shane MacGowan is a joyful celebration of a charming musician with a remarkable perspective on the world.

'An enormously vivid and descriptive picture of his life and dramatic times' - Irish Times

'This endearing memoir . . . is Irish rock distilled' - Sunday Times

Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 9780283072048
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 503 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 29 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

He weaves raucous stories with esoteric musical, historical and literary references . . . MacGowan comes across as lucid and funny - Sunday Times

One of the freshest, most original biographies I've ever read . . . Buy the book, it's great. - Lynn Barber, the Observer

A refreshingly intimate read - Guardian

A truly fascinating insight into a genuine creative maverick. Untramelled by convention, and, in the aftermath of all that hellraising, MacGowan on his own terms is astronishgly articulate and intelligent - Big Issue

All human life is here - Q Magazine

A brilliant and compelling read, and deserves the widest recognition . . . What strikes you is his honesty, artistic integrity, courage, lack of pretension and refusal to conform - Record Collector

Probably the most illuminating drink you'll have with anyone in a while - Mojo

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