Shane MacGowan, leader of the Pogues will release an art book. it’s called The Eternal Buzz and the Pot of Gold and it will be released in April 2022 via Rain Street and Infinitum Nihil Publications. the book includes sketches, paintings, self-portraits, wild impressionistic compositions, character studies, handwritten lyrics, stories, photographs and abstract excerpts dating back to Shane’s childhood.
In a statement, Shane said: “When I was about 11 or 12 I started studying art history and looking at old paintings and modern paintings, I knew a lot about art. It’s one of the only O levels I got, I was into art. I did the cover for the Pope’s “Crock of Gold” album and designed the cover for the Pogues’ debut album, “Red Roses For Me”. And I more or less designed the second album “If I Should Fall From Grace”. With God”. As for my materials, I like pastels but I don’t really think about it. I will paint or draw on anything, with anything. I like more or less everyone from Fra Angelico and Giotto to the most recent, like Caravaggio was the last of the Renaissance, before he went into Expressionism. I like Cézanne, Gauguin, Monet, Manet. I like the Irish Impressionists, Lavery, Jack B Yeats, Brendan Fitzpatrick The 20th Century Impressionists who painted the period of Ireland fighting for freedom I love Max Ernst, the Surrealists, Dali, Chagall…God there are millions of them.
The book is limited to 1000 copies.