Punk protagonist, legendary drinker, Irish musical icon. The complete and extraordinary journey of the Pogues’ notorious frontman from outcast to national treasure has never been told – until now.
A Furious Devotion vividly recounts the experiences that shaped the greatest songwriter of his generation: the formative trips to his mother’s homestead in Tipperary, the explosion of punk which changed his life, and the drink and drugs that nearly ended it.
As well as exclusive interviews with Shane himself, author Richard Balls has secured contributions from his wife and family, and people who have never spoken publicly about Shane before: close associates, former girlfriends and the English teacher who first spotted his literary gift. Nick Cave, Aidan Gillen, Cillian Murphy, Christy Moore, Sinead O’Connor and Dermot O’Leary are on the rollcall of those paying tribute to the gifted songwriter and poet.
This frank and extensive biography also includes many previously unseen personal photographs.
'Definitive portrait of the former Pogue. Intimate, cooperative... the book's strength is that he lets MacGowan speak, and speak on, perfectly capturing the lyrical, romantic rhythms beneath the rasped whisper.' Mojo Book of the Month, 4*
'A fascinating portrait of ex-Pogue and folk-punk pioneer Shane MacGowan', Great books for Christmas selection, Choice Magazine
'Loving this Shane MacGowan story by Richard Balls. Obviously Shane is one of the greatest and this is a brilliant read.' Tim Burgess
'A deep dive into the legacy of an Irish icon. Richard Balls serves up the most thorough account of the man — and myth — to date.' Rolling Stone
Publication Date: 07.10.21
Extent: 384 pages
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