Here Comes Everybody by James Fearnley

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Fans of the Pogues—which occasionally reforms and tours—will be moved by this brutally honest account of a still much beloved band.
-Publishers Weekly

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October 1982: ABC, Culture Club, Shalamar and Survivor dominate the top twenty when the Pogues barrel out from the backstreets of King's Cross, a furious, pioneering mix of punk energy, traditional melodies and the powerfully poetic songwriting of Shane MacGowan.

Reviled by traditionalists for their frequently fast, often riotous interpretations of Irish folk songs, the Pogues rose from the sweaty chaos of backroom gigs in Camden pubs to world tours with the likes of Elvis Costello, U2 and Bob Dylan, and had huge commercial success with everyone's favourite Christmas song, 'Fairytale of New York'.

Yet, the exuberance of their live performances coupled with relentless touring spiralled into years of hard drinking and excess which eventually took their toll - most famously on Shane, but also on the rest of the band - causing them to part ways seven years later.

Here, their story is told with beauty, lyricism and great candour by James Fearnley, founding member and accordion player. He brings to life the youthful friendships, the bust-ups, the amazing gigs, the terrible gigs, the fantastic highs and the dramatic lows in a hugely compelling, humorous, moving and honest account of life in one of our most treasured and original bands.

 

About James Fearnley

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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. James continues to tour with the band and lives in Los Angeles.
 
Published April 17, 2012 by Faber & Faber. 418 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Arts & Photography, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

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on Mar 08 2014

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...Anyone who survived The Pogues deserves one last drink after the war.

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Publishers Weekly

Good
on Mar 17 2014

Fans of the Pogues—which occasionally reforms and tours—will be moved by this brutally honest account of a still much beloved band.

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Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by Alexis Petridis on Jun 14 2012

...Fearnley is brilliant at conjuring the milieu from which the Pogues sprang, a lost, down-at-heel demimonde of King's Cross squats and housing association flats.

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