Here Comes Everybody: The Story of the Pogues

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Chicago Review Press, May 1, 2014 - Music - 416 pages
“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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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

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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

Contents

Chapter One
1
Chapter Two
10
Chapter Three
20
Chapter Four
31
Chapter Five
39
Chapter Six
48
Chapter Seven
57
Chapter Eight
67
Chapter Twenty
236
Chapter TwentyOne
248
Chapter TwentyTwo
263
Chapter TwentyThree
276
Chapter TwentyFour
287
Chapter TwentyFive
302
Chapter TwentySix
315
Chapter TwentySeven
328

Chapter Nine
79
Chapter Ten
95
Chapter Eleven
110
Chapter Twelve
128
Chapter Thirteen
142
Chapter Fourteen
155
Chapter Fifteen
167
Chapter Sixteen
180
Chapter Seventeen
195
Chapter Eighteen
210
Chapter Nineteen
223
Chapter TwentyEight
346
Chapter TwentyNine
362
Chapter Thirty
376
Chapter ThirtyOne
389
Authors Note
395
Acknowledgements
397
Index
399
About the Author
407
Back Cover
409
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James Fearnley is a musician who played guitar in various bands, including the Nips with Shane MacGowan, before becoming the accordion player who still tours with the Pogues. He lives in Los Angeles.

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