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Shane MacGowan announces first-ever ‘The Eternal Buzz and The Crock of Gold’ art book – Up News Info

Musician, artist, leader, creator and punk icon Shane MacGowan announces his first-ever folio art book The Eternal Buzz and The Crock of Gold, published by Rain Street and Infinitum Nihil and slated for release in April 2022. The book edition opens the door to a treasure trove of Shane’s sketches, paintings, self-portraits, wild impressionistic compositions and playful figure studies, accompanied by handwritten lyrics, stories, photographs and abstract excerpts dating back to Shane’s childhood and traveling through six decades of punk and Irish revelry.

Shane is known for his musical masterpieces Fairytale Of New York, Streams of Whiskey and A Pair of Brown Eyes – The Eternal Buzz and The Crock of Gold provide a visual backdrop to these and so many glorious songs by Shane from The Nips, The Pogues and The Popes. This book is a labor of love by Shane and those close to him, curated by his wife and collaborator Victoria Mary Clarke, edited by Paul Trainer, with forewords by Johnny Depp and art critic Waldemar Januszczak. The book is available for pre-order via, and those who do so before Christmas will receive a handwritten certificate of ownership and a Christmas card from Shane.

His very first folio art book presents a barely explored branch of Shane’s art, at a time of celebration of Shane’s work and life. The recent acclaimed documentary, Julien Temple’s Crock Of Gold (2020) brought renewed attention to Shane around the world, reaching fans old and new, with a new biopic produced by Johnny Depp also in the works.

Shane’s love for art has been with him throughout his life, a talent he cultivated and studied from an early age. “I’ve always loved drawing and painting, and I was doing all sorts of things, pitchers, IRA men, teenage punks hanging out in cafes, etc.,” Shane says of his works. .

He continues, “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. It’s one of the only O-levels I’ve had, it was in art. I did the cover for The Pope’s album “Crock of Gold” and I designed the cover for Pogues’ debut album, “Red Roses For Me”. And I more or less designed the second album ‘If I Should Fall From Grace With God’. 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.

Over the next five decades, Shane continued to draw, sketch and write whenever he could, wherever he was in the world – from the back of a car on the road to a briefcase in a Coffee. Every piece of art was preserved, and it wasn’t until decades later that many works of art were improbably discovered.

His wife Victoria Mary Clarke explains: “When we were doing the documentary The Crock of Gold, Julien Temple wanted drawings by Shane, so I asked my mum to take a look and see if she had any. . She sent me a trash bag full of drawings and lyrics that I had asked her to take care of twenty-five years ago, we didn’t even know they existed, it was miraculous, like finding a jug of ‘gold ! His art brings back a lot of very funny and often hideous memories from different stages of our life together, many of his drawings were done on my shopping lists and my own diaries, and on things like sick bags and pads. hotel bills, airline sick bags and recording studio sheets, and diaries, so it’s easy to know exactly when they were made.

“I love how the drawings, notes and snippets of stories give insight into Shane’s songs, it’s like walking into his studio and seeing everything that was going through his head. The illustrations are like a visual tapestry of the workings of his creative process. I feel very privileged and very excited to be able to share them with the world in a book, especially for people who love the songs.

As the esteemed Sunday Times art critic Waldemar Januszczak puts it in his introduction to the book, “This is a gateway into the torrent of mercurial, violent, crude, sexy, blasphemous, naked and sometimes tender imagery that shape the mental and the emotional. Shane MacGowan’s landscape. It’s the spit, snot and tears of art. Splashing across the page in a psychic storm of lines, words and colors….

He continues: “When pop stars like Bob Dylan, Ronnie Wood and Lou Reed become artists, they lose touch with the wilderness that inhabits them. They forget that they are rebels and all become respectable towards us. They want to be taken seriously. At least most of them do. So… is that also true for Shane MacGowan? Don’t be an idiot! Of course not! Art can’t tame Shane for the same reasons no one has ever tamed a Tasmanian Devil. It cannot be done.

Johnny Depp, who collects Shane’s works, writes in the preface to the book: “It’s rare for a creative genius like Shane to have only one line of production. Such an incendiary talent is likely to have a multitude of facilities by which his talent could seep into the atmosphere and change the climate as we know it. And so, revealed here, is Shane’s proclivity for the wild, for the absurd, for the political, for the beautiful, all channeled and threaded through the needle of his pen. But, this time, not via the language tool. Instead, Shane’s visual acuity will take the lead here. His visions will speak for themselves. Sometimes they evoke wonder, sometimes they can seem decidedly menacing, but, whatever the medium, his work will always be full of poetry – much like the great man, and my great friend, himself; the artist, Shane MacGowan.

Full details on folio art and how to reserve a book are available here.