"Fearnley's descriptions of Shane MacGowan, the front man of the Irish folk-rock band the Pogues, suppurate with pure deliciousness. . . . In his own way, MacGowan is the ideal protagonist--talented, inspired, and halitotic, but flawed. . . . Read it, and exhale." --"Sunday Times"
"Fearnley paints life on the road as a Brueghel painting, with the band submerged in the feral madness of their increasing detachment from normal life. But there is a joyous romanticism to their semi-impoverished wildness. MacGowan is perpetually clawing his face and masticating on super-strength Rennies, a bottle of wine attached to his lips." --"Telegraph"
"Fearnley makes readers feel every mile...For fans of the band, it's a detail-rich, expressive remembrance." --"Kirkus"
"Fans of the Pogues... will be moved by this brutally honest account of a still much beloved band." --"Publishers Weekly"
"For Pogues fans (and folk-punk fans generally) and rock memoir aficionados; a fine example of the genre." --"Library Journal"
"A must for Pogues fans everywhere." --"Booklist"
"If you think all rock-music memoirs are a mixture of PR fluff, second-hand observations and strategically selected memories, then "Here""Comes Everybody: The Story of the Pogues" is the book to make you change your mind. . . . That Fearnley hasn't been quarantined for writing such a warts-and-all tale says much about the band and the bond formed across 30 fractious years. A band of brothers to the very end, then, and with a fine, salty memoir to raise a glass to." --"Irish Times""This is an old story, older than the '80s even: the epic adventures of Anglo-Saxon troubadours led 'round the world by a growling Celtic demigod famous for good songs and bad judgment." --Sarah Vowell, author of "Assassination Vacation""The portrait of Shane is so vivid and disturbing, the capturing of the various scenes they moved through so affectionate and sad, and the writing so good. James Fearnley describes the experience of being onstage extremely well--the second-by-secondness of it, the way a person actually experiences it, the furious concentration required. He has made a work of art to set beside the band's records. Beautiful." --John Jeremiah Sullivan, author of "Pulphead"
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.