Shane MacGowan announces his first-ever limited-edition art book


Shane MacGowan has announced his first-ever art book, the wonderfully named The Eternal Buzz and the Pot of Gold.

It is a very limited edition creation, with only 1000 copies made. You can pre-order it ahead of its April release on the Pogues legend’s official website.

“It may look like a book, but looks can be deceiving,” the book’s description warns. “Because once your psyche has absorbed that experience, there is no going back to innocence. You can become enlightened or you can be tormented forever.

The book brings together a collection of MacGowan’s unpublished or published illustrations, drawings, lyrics, stories, excerpts and secretions, dating back to his childhood and spanning six decades of punk and Irish revelry.

It will also feature photographs capturing candid moments between the singer and Nick Cave, Bob Dylan, Pete Doherty and Daniel Day-Lewis.

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“I’ve always loved drawing and painting, and I used to do all sorts of things, pitchers, IRA men, teenage punks hanging out in cafes, you name it… “, MacGowan explained in a press release, according to NME. “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. one of the only O levels I had was in art.

He continues: “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 and Giotto to the most recent, 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.

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