Shane MacGowan is an English-born Irish singer, songwriter, and musician best known as the lead singer and songwriter of the Pogues.
You never stop being the little sister. That’s what I think as I speak with Siobhan MacGowan, who is in her late 50s now, and four years younger than her brother, Shane. His presence has loomed large in her life – but now she’s setting out on her own.
Like the finest films, theatre and art, the best music books of the year invited us to explore fears that lay within. They made us feel something. In the middle of a plague, Botoxed rock stars and their culturally tone-deaf tales of excess posing as literature would have lacked all relatability.
The publication of a weighty book like this would usually coincide with, say, a significant anniversary of a death. But Shane MacGowan is very much alive. Despite reports to the contrary over the last 30 years.
Lou Reed's original slow and sombre 'Perfect Day' was never released as a Reed single in its own right. Instead, record label RCA bundled it as a double-A sided single with 'Walk On The Wild Side' in 1972, the latter picking up the lion's share of radio play and exposure at the time.
Your wedding is supposed to be the happiest day of your life. I wouldn't be the type of person to believe that. I don't expect things to turn out well, in general. When people ask me if I am excited about going on holiday, I say no, I hate flying and it might rain. So when me and Shane got married a year ago, I was really just hoping to get it over with and go home and watch Netflix.
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