Richard Balls A Furious Devotion: The Life of Shane MacGowan

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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.


About the Author

Richard Balls is a die-hard music fan who stumbled upon The Pogues on their first nationwide tour in 1984. An established writer and rock biographer, Richard was a newspaper journalist for twenty years - almost half of which he spent in Ireland. His previous books are Sex & Drugs & Rock'n'Roll: The Life of Ian Dury and Be Stiff: The Stiff Records Story. He lives with his family in Norwich.

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