A Drink with Shane MacGowan


The highly-acclaimed, witty and insightful memoir from the Pogue’s frontman Shane MacGowan.

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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

Additional information

Weight 0.503 kg
Dimensions 23.4 × 15.6 × 2.9 cm






xv, 359 , 8 unnumbered of plates




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782.42166092 (edition:23)


General – Trade / Code: K


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