Shane MacGowan, hard-drinking poet of The Pogues, dies at 65

By Conor Humphries

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"And the bells were ring'in out for Christmas Day!!!!!"

Rest in peace

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Met him in a pub 40 years ago. By the end of the evening he had to be carried out as was unable to walk.

That he lived to be 65 is amazing.

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He was born in Pembury, grew up in Royal Tunbridge Wells and won a scholarship to Westminster School. How working-class Irish can you get! LOL.

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After a series of hallucinogenic benders, including one night in New Zealand when he stripped naked and painted himself blue, the Pogues fired MacGowan during a 1991 tour of Japan.

There is tragedy, and substance abuse, and then there is ecstatic Dionysian frenzy that produces some great art. I hope that is not lost.

Rest in Power .

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Saw the Pogues at the Hacienda with Elvis Costello on guitar, many moons ago. Brilliant live performer and his lyrics were indeed poems. RIP.

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The days when pop stars would publicly self destruct for our entertainment seem well over. It all seems so tame and contrived now.

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Probably the only person who could write a Xmas song that I never get tired of. What a talent. Hope he is enjoying a pint of the black stuff somewhere.


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Totally amazing that he could punish his body so much and live as long as he did. Brilliant performer.

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IRA supporter.

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Live by the bottle, you die by the bottle.

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As the President said a true poet.

Incidentally I saw him twice in the pub once in Dublin and once in London and like Mr. Kipling said it wasn't pretty.

Thanks for such fun and joy through your songs!!

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I remember when he and the Popes released 'The Snake' back in 1991 and alternative rock critics liked it. Given the fact that the Pogues canned him for drinking too much it's a miracle he survived this long. Still he has the songs to remember my college days to. RIP.

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Played the flute along side him at a Fleadh Cheoil one year. He couldn't sing in tune, but the sounds he made were beautiful.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam

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"... And the bells are ringing out for the IRA"

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Good riddance.

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Ahh, Pogue Mahone Knight!

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N. KnightDec. 1  09:14 am JST

IRA supporter.

Yes, he was and he even said in an interview "I was ashamed I didn't have the guts to join the IRA" He praised Dominic McGlinchey (IRA and INLA) who was responsible for the killing of civilians.

I won't be toasting his passing, mainly due to his IRA/INLA support. I understand it may be downvoted. But that is who he was. He supported terrorists.

IMHO he wasn't that great of a musician, known for only one song!

Not all great musicians are great people.

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JeffLeeDec. 1  07:16 am JST

He was born in Pembury, grew up in Royal Tunbridge Wells and won a scholarship to Westminster School. How working-class Irish can you get! LOL.

When did he ever claim to be working class?

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