Shane MacGowan has announced his first art book, wonderfully named The Eternal Buzz And The Crock Of Gold.
It is a very limited creation, of which only 1000 copies are made. You can pre-order it from the Legend of The Pogues official website ahead of its April release.
“It may look like a book, but appearances can be deceptive,” warns the description of the book. “Once your psyche has absorbed this experience, there is no return to innocence. You can become enlightened or you can be tormented forever. "
The book brings together a collection of never before seen or published illustrations, drawings, texts, stories, snippets and excerpts by MacGowan, dating back to his childhood and traveling through six decades of punk and Irish revelry.
It will also include photos capturing candid moments between the singer and the likes of Nick Cave, Bob Dylan, Pete Doherty and Daniel Day-Lewis.
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"I've always been into drawing and painting and doing all kinds of things, hurlers, IRA men, teenage punks hanging out in cafes, whatever …" MacGowan said in a statement, according to NME. “When I was around 11 or 12, I did a lot of studying art history, looking at old paintings and modern paintings. I knew a lot about art. It's one of the only O-Levels I got in art. "
He continued, “In terms of my materials, I like pastel colors, but I don't really think about it. I paint or draw on everything, with everything. I like more or less everyone from Fra Angelico and Giotto to the most recent, just as Caravaggio was the last of the Renaissance before moving into Expressionism.
I love Cezanne, Gauguin, Monet, Manet. I love Irish impressionists Lavery, Jack B. Yeats, Brendan Fitzpatrick. The 20th century impressionists who painted Ireland's time struggling for freedom. I like Max Ernst, the Surrealists, Dali, Chagall … God has millions. "
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