Here Comes Everybody: The Story of the Pogues
“Everything a really great music memoir should be.” —Colin Meloy The Pogues injected the fury of punk into Irish folk music and gave the world the troubled, iconic, darkly romantic songwriter Shane MacGowan. Here Comes Everybody is a memoir written by founding member and accordion player James Fearnley, drawn from his personal experiences and the series of journals and correspondence he kept throughout the band’s career. Fearnley describes the coalescence of a disparate collection of vagabonds living in the squats of London’s Kings Cross, with, at its center, the charismatic MacGowan and his idea of turning Irish traditional music on its head. With beauty, lyricism, and great candor, Fearnley tells the story of how the band watched helplessly as their singer descended into a dark and isolated world of drugs and drink, and sets forth the increasingly desperate measures they were forced to take. James Fearnley was born in 1954 in Worsley, Manchester. He played guitar in various bands, including The Nips with Shane MacGowan, before becoming the accordion player in The Pogues. Fearnley continues to tour with the band and lives in Los Angeles.
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Here Comes Everybody: The Story of the PoguesUser Review - Book Verdict
In his author's note, Fearnley, the Pogues' accordionist, remarks that he used "the tools and sensibilities of a fiction writer" in constructing this memoir. Perhaps it's no surprise then that the ... Read full review
HERE COMES EVERYBODY: The Story of the PoguesUser Review - Kirkus
A founding musician in one of Ireland's most raucous, poetic and punk bands remembers the highs, lows and plateaus of the golden age of combat rock.It's really only the first half of a continuing ... Read full review