Singer Shane MacGowan, leader of The Pogues, dies at 65

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Irish singer and songwriter Shane MacGowanknown throughout the world for having been the leader of the band The Pogues, has died unexpectedly at the age of 65, as his wife Victoria Mary Clarke has publicly confirmed through an emotional Instagram post this Thursday, November 30.

“I don’t know how to say this so I’m just going to say it. Shane, who will always be the light of my life, the measure of my dreams, the love of my life, the most beautiful soul, the most beautiful angel, the sun and “the moon and the beginning and the end of everything I hold dear, gone to be with Jesus and Mary and his beautiful mother Teresa,” Mary Clarke wrote alongside a photo of Shane McGowan toasting with a glass of wine from above. of a stage.

Furthermore, the artist’s wife wanted to publicly show her gratitude to life for having put her husband on the path. “I am blessed beyond words to have known him and loved him and been loved so infinitely and unconditionally by him and to have had so many years of life, love, joy, fun, laughter and so many adventures. There is no way to describe the loss I feel and the longing for just one of your smiles that lit up my world,” he continued and then ended by addressing Shane directly. “Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you for your presence in this world, you made it so bright and you gave so much joy to so many people with your heart, your soul and your music. You will live in my heart forever. Rave in the garden all wet for the rain that you loved so much. You meant everything to me,” added the artist’s now widow.

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A life dedicated to music

Son of immigrants, Shane Patrick Lysaght MacGowan did not stand out as a student but he was a music lover practically from birth. He grew up surrounded by Irish folklore and during his youth, in which he stood out for his good command of the English language despite hating to study, He became interested in punk thanks to the Sex Pistols, a band that inspired him to create The Nipple Erectors. the first musical group he led in the seventies.

Then, in 1982, The Pogues arrived, the group with which he became world famous along with Jem Finer and Peter ‘Spider’ Stacy. He was with them for a decade until, at the beginning of the nineties, his health forced him to leave the stage for a season and be replaced by Joe Strummer.

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Later, once recovered, he joined The Popes. With them he released two albums and in 2001, a decade after his departure, he returned to The Pogues although in 2002 he returned to The Popes again to record a live album titled Across the Broad Atlantic.

With The Pogues Shane MacGowan released a total of more than ten albums, among which stands out Red Roses for Me (1984), Rum, Sodomy, and the Lash (1985), peace and love (1989)If I Should Fall From Grace With God (1988) and The Best of the Pogues (1991). Furthermore, in 1988 the band signed the Christmas classic Fairytale of New York with Kirsty MacColl.

In Spain, The Pogues have also had several hits that have endured over time. Only the songs have entered the WECB list Party (1988), If I Should Fall from Grace with God (1988) and Tuesday Morning (1993).

Additionally, in 2020 Shane MacGowan joined Johnny Depp (producer) and Julian Temple (director) to shape Crock of Gold: drinking with Shane MacGowana documentary that can now be seen on Amazon Prime Video in which MacGowan gave his statements in addition to opening his personal archive and that of the band to show a side of the band never seen until then.


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