Shane MacGowan

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Pogues’ hard-living former frontman finds success as an artist
Shane MacGowan has no studio and draws on ‘sick bags’ with his wife’s lipstick, but Kate Moss has bought his art

Vanessa Thorpe Arts and media correspondent

23, Oct, 2022 @9:00 AM

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‘Of course I like life!’ Shane MacGowan on the Pogues, his ‘death wish’ and his sideline in erotic art
Now 64, the singer has somehow survived decades of drink and drugs, only to face depression and ‘nameless fear’. But there’s no sign of him mellowing

Simon Hattenstone

04, Apr, 2022 @5:00 AM

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TV tonight: Julien Temple turns his lens on Shane MacGowan
The Pogues frontman proves a reluctant interviewee as friends and family look back on his life. Plus: Alan Carr’s interior design hopefuls size up a hotel in Hebden Bridge. Here’s what to watch his evening

Ali Catterall, Phil Harrison, Paul Howlett, Ellen E Jones, Ammar Kalia

16, Mar, 2021 @6:01 AM

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Julien Temple: 'People who are considered difficult are very rich subjects for a film'
The film-maker on his new documentary about the former Pogues frontman Shane MacGowan and Johnny Depp’s role in it

Tim Lewis

29, Nov, 2020 @9:30 AM

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Should the BBC have censored Fairytale of New York?
The BBC has laid out differing rules when playing the Pogues song, which features homophobic and misogynist slurs. Listeners to Radio 1, Radio 2 and 6 Music consider the decision

Patrick Strudwick, Luke Turner and Alex Hood

19, Nov, 2020 @4:40 PM

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Radio 1 to air censored version of Pogues' Fairytale of New York
Offensive words in the Christmas song to be removed or altered for Radio 1, but remain unchanged on Radio 2

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

19, Nov, 2020 @9:06 AM

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Pogues frontman Shane MacGowan's mother dies in car crash
Therese MacGowan, 87, was killed when the car she was driving hit a wall in the Irish village of Ballintogher on New Year’s Day

Jamie Grierson and agencies

02, Jan, 2017 @10:53 AM

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'Everest of dentistry': Shane MacGowan gets new teeth in TV special
Shane MacGowan: A Wreck Reborn documents procedure which could affect Pogues star’s rasping singing voice

Peter Walker

20, Dec, 2015 @2:00 PM

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Shane MacGowan: My family values

The musician talks on his childhood in an IRA safe house, learning religion and hedonism at his auntie's knee, being put on the kitchen table to sing and why he was jealous of his sister

Shane MacGowan

20, Dec, 2013 @1:00 PM

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The Pogues – review

Shane MacGowan sings with the style and power he brought to the Pogues at their peak, writes Dave Simpson

Dave Simpson

16, Dec, 2013 @12:39 PM

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The Pogues: 30 Years – review
No one else in rock history has depicted social outcasts so vividly or with such empathy as the Pogues before things went wrong, writes Alexis Petridis

Alexis Petridis

28, Nov, 2013 @3:29 PM

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The Pogues – review

On their 30th anniversary, Shane MacGowan and the gang bring their fairytale back to London, writes Caroline Sullivan

Caroline Sullivan

21, Dec, 2012 @6:07 PM

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