The Shane MacGowan Story: If I Should Fall from Grace
This is an unflinching look at singer-songwriter Shane MacGowan. From pop punks The Nips, through “breakthrough” band the Pogues, to his latest group the Popes, MacGowan’s entire history is traced. Parents Maurice and Therese talk frankly about how their move from Ireland to England in the late-’60s affected the young Shane and his lifelong love of traditional Irish music and later modern rock. Former Pogues band mate Philip Chevron supplies much insight into that ’80s band’s ups and downs; Nick Cave offers his views; Paul Simonon chats with MacGowan; and MacGowan himself—hair matted, front teeth missing, slurring such that you can almost smell the whiskey on his breath—provides his own comments on himself, his music and everything else. Lots of performance footage makes this DVD essential for any MacGowan/Pogues fan.