Crock of Gold traces the career of the Pogues singer, herald of Irish culture


CRITICAL – Currently in theaters, the documentary looks back on the trajectory of Shane Macgowan, a complex but sensitive character.

There are people that we cannot imagine going beyond the age of 30. Shane MacGowan is one of them. At 63, if he may be badly damaged by years of excess of all kinds – he confesses to be an alcoholic since he was 6 years old – the former Pogues singer is still alive. The bruises of his ramshackle old body now force him to live in a wheelchair, but his mind is sharper and sharper than ever. It took all the talent and persuasion of director Julien Temple, who has already dedicated films to tough guys like Johnny Rotten, Joe Strummer, Ray Davies or Wilko Johnson, to persuade MacGowan to be the subject of a documentary. The difficulties were obviously legion, and the singer showed very little cooperation, but the result is a total success. We often cry at the sight of Crock of Gold.

Those nostalgic for the Pogues, a brilliant group from the 1980s and 1990s, will be delighted to learn more about this beast of the stage.

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