Shane MacGowan announces his first art book

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Shane McGowan laid out plans for new art book The Eternal Buzz and The Crock of Gold.

The book follows last year’s fantastic Julien Temple documentary, Crock Of Gold, and features material collected over six decades.

Going from his childhood to his punk indoctrination, Shane MacGowan then includes illustrations and photographs of the messy Pogues run.

Crossing the decades to the present day, The Eternal Buzz and The Crock of Gold will be released in the spring of 2022.

However, fans who pre-order now will receive a handwritten Certificate of Authenticity and a Christmas card from Shane.

With forewords by Johnny Depp and Waldemar Januszczak, this is a deluxe art book that combines recently commissioned words and images.

“I’ve always loved drawing and painting, and I was doing all sorts of things, pitchers, IRA men, punk teenagers hanging out in cafes, etc.,” Shane says of his works .

He continues: “When I was around 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’ve had, it was in art. I did the cover for The Pope’s album “Crock of Gold” and I designed the cover for Pogues’ debut album, “Red Roses For Me”. And I more or less designed the second album ‘If I Should Fall From Grace With God’. In terms of my materials, I like pastels but I don’t think about it too much. I will paint or draw on anything, with anything. I like more or less everyone, from Fra Angelico to Giotto, as Caravaggio was the last of the Renaissance, before he entered expressionism.

“I like Cézanne, Gauguin, Monet, Manet. I love the Irish Impressionists, Lavery, Jack B Yeats, Brendan Fitzpatrick. The 20th century impressionists who painted the period of Ireland struggling for freedom. I love Max Ernst, the surrealists, Dali, Chagall… God there are millions of them.

Order the book HERE.

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