A Drink with Shane MacGowan

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9780330490085: A Drink with Shane MacGowan

This bibulous, drug-indulgent and anarchic rock legend was born 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. MacGowan's music, innovative and powerful, is as distinctive as his chaotic, breakdown-scarred, drug and alcohol-fuelled lifestyle. MacGowan has an enormous fan-base hungry for stories of his wild behaviour, but this is also a book that celebrates this unique and charming musician, and offers insight into his remarkable perspective on this world - and the next! 'One of the freshest, most original biographies I've ever read ...Buy the book, it's great.' Lynn Barber, The Observer 'All human life is here.' Q Magazine

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About the Author:

Shane MacGowan and Victoria Mary Clarke have been together more-on-than-off since 1987, their relationship consummated in a shambolic King's Cross flat to the strains of John Coltrane after drinking several bottles of retsina and discovering a shared love of C17th Irish poetry. A journalist and writer, Victoria features in Nick Broomfield's seminal Kurt Cobain film, when she was working on a controversial biography of Courtney Love. Shane now divides his time between Ireland and north London, and continues to write and perform solo, in collaboration with other artists and with the Popes.

From Publishers Weekly:

Let this be a forewarning to all self-respecting pop pinups and rock stars pondering penning an autobiography or memoir: do not, as former Pogues singer and lyricist MacGowan and his writer-wife Clarke did, use a question-and-answer format. This collaboration, the couple's first, is an especially unfortunate publishing fatality because MacGowan's life is such a juicy subject, and its exaggerated, grandiosely booze- and drug-littered escapades and cameos by Sid Vicious, Johnny Rotten and Elvis Costello are worthy of a second look. After drinking his first stout at the tender age of five with the milkman, MacGowan went on to play a major role in London's punk scene in the mid- and late 1970s. Later, he founded the Irish band The Pogues, which merged Irish folk styles with rock and roll. (MacGowan has also recorded with the Popes and on his own.) However, the book's Q&A format blends these and other adventures with inane revelations ("I've been a lover and a hater of beetroot all my life"), petty spats, ridiculous questions ("Tell me more about Matt Dillon") and contrived, self-flattering stage directions ("Victoria, radiant as ever, in pale green silk which becomes her consumes a plate of chips, hungrily"). 16 b&w photos not seen by PW. (June)Forecast: Booksellers shouldn't expect rocking numbers, for it's doubtful that even most diehard fans will find this unedited banter between MacGowan and his missus stimulating.

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