is the face and name most often associated with The Pogues
. Unraveling Shane's psyche would require a book-length study but the crux of his identity lies somewhere in that conflict between English experience and Irish heritage.
The abbreviated story of his life starts with his birth in England, but he was raised in Ireland, and moved back to England some years later. He won a scholarship to the renowned Westminster School, where he was possibly enrolled alongside Thomas Dolby and other notable people
. MacGowan was involved with drugs and publicized hooliganery
before being in a band, the first of which was The Nipple Erectors
in 1977. [more inside]