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57 Responses to Contacts

  1. juankarai says:

    Thanks a lot for this book. I just bought it so I am trying to start the chapter number 10th. Of course, I am basque(Durango-Bizkaia) so I have to resort to some dictionaries more than desired. As I have long envisioned your music , since It has come with me for many years, it¨s good to see that this book reflects my favourite band music in high degree. Moreover, it perfecly matches what I saw in the Azkena Rock Festival( Vitoria-Gasteiz). To be honest, I must apologize for my faulty English.

    Mila esker eta ondo izan!

    • I’ve heard faultier English. I’m honoured that you should have persisted with the book. There has been a lot of comments, from a number of people, about how unnecessarily long and obscure some of the words are. Resorting to a dictionary hasn’t been restricted to those whose first language is not English. The festival at Vitoria-Gasteiz will be branded in our memories, sadly not because of the Azkena Festival, but because of the horrors of Hurricane Katrina which were in plain view on televisions throughout – well, the world, at that time. Thanks for getting in touch.

  2. Moritz says:

    Hi James,

    I am currently writing my final thesis on the Pogues [. . rather a lot edited out by Fearnley . . .] Being in the band, have you developed a certain Irishness?

    All the best,


    • Moritz,

      My sincere apologies for not replying to your – rather intense, analytical and lengthy comment, which I’ve edited, a lot, mostly out of a sense of guilt, but also because, well, for space’s sake. It would be pointless at this stage to make any attempt to reply to all the points you made, the questions you asked; your final thesis will be long finished up, bound and on the shelves of your university library, I should imagine.

      What Irishness I’ve developed? If I’ve developed any, it’d honorary Irishness.

  3. Mairtin says:

    Dear James. I have just finished your wonderful book, I am afraid I gobbled it because I enjoyed it so much, but I look forward to re reading it. I especially enjoyed the stories of the production of the albums and the genesis of the songs. Like many other posters my only criticism of the book was that it finished at all. Thank you for all the joy your music has given, (and still gives) and thank you for the book

    • Mairtin,
      I’m so behindhand with my correspondence. Thanks for writing to post on my blog. I wondered about replying at all, with it being a year and a half since you wrote.

      The book had to finish somewhere, sadly, though the story goes on. Cheers, James

  4. Joseph Blanke says:

    Hello James,
    congratulations for this phantastic biography. Though I didn’t understand every single word (I am German) it felt like I was hanging around with you guys all the time. Actually I was so touched that I had to cry when I finished the book. And I guess that is due to your skills as a writer!? As a long- time Pogues-fan I went to a couple of concerts over the years (decades) and witnessed the decay of the band and/or Shane. Anyway, it really fills me with incredible joy to see all of you together on stage after all you went through. I hope all of you are physically well and you can enjoy touring at least a bit and it is not only for the money. I know it might sound romantic or naive. Anyway, James, thank you for having taken me with you back in time. I hope I can manage to come to your gig in London on the 20th (since its my birthday..). Otherwise I expect you in Hamburg . Maybe we can have a drink in the Stadtpark.
    Cheers, Joseph

    • Joseph, Thanks for getting in touch. At first I thought ‘Why’s this guy writing to me?’, when I read that you didn’t understand a single word. To cry at the end? I don’t know if it’s my skills as a writer. I would say it is more to do with your skills as a reader. Happy Birthday on the 20th. And Happy Birthday to Robert Van de Graaff who invented the generator. I hope you make it to the O2. We’ll continue to play live for as long as we can. We don’t only do it for the money, but it helps. Hamburg sounds good. Maybe next summer, who knows?

  5. Popeye says:

    I have just finished the book and wanted to say how much I enjoyed it. It certainly brought back some great memories. The Pogues have been a part of the soundtrack of my life. I come from Portsmouth and I remember seeing you support Elvis Costello at Portsmouth Guildhall – it’s mentioned in the book. Although nearly 30 years ago (!) and I was rather jolly from too many ales, I remember two things – firstly, the metal pub tray banging on the head (I certainly hadn’t seen that from a band before) – I can’t remember whose head it was though. Secondly, the curmudgeonly Mr Costello was clearly in a bad mood and played all night with his guitar turned up VERY high to the point where he drowned out the Attractions (a real sin) and it was actually quite painful for the audience to listen to. Maybe he just wanted to get off the stage and into Cait’s waiting arms…;-) Anyway thanks again, I look forward to reading about what you’ve been up to since the end of the book (Shane back from the brink, how the reunions happened + your own stuff etc). Cheers, David

    • David, Thanks for your comments. The songs we recorded have provided the music for all sorts of life events, from births to burials, birthdays, weddings and I think I’m right in saying that it helped someone out of a coma. I’m not sure I’m the person to do the sequel, if that’s your angle, but let’s see. Cheers.

  6. Brett says:

    Hi James,

    Just finished your book, it was a present from my wife for my birthday. I’ve long regaled her with stories from one of the favourite times of my life sailing around the Whitsunday Islands with a tape of Pogues songs playing in the background. Reading about how influenced you were by the sea makes these memories even more special. Loved the book. Thanks for the music. Brett.

    • Brett, Thanks for your comments. I hope you allowed your wife to read my book before you, since it had been a gift for her. The sea has always been a large undercurrent (sorry) in the Pogues’ story. Cheers.

  7. Chris Henderson says:

    I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed your book. I have read the majority of rock biographies out but yours was special. You captured the reality of being a working musician with real life struggles we can all identify with. I have been a pogues fan since I discovered Peace and Love at fourteen and hope that one day I can see you guys live some day. At nearly 40, I’ve seen all the great artists of rock history that are still living, Springsteen, Dylan, Cocker etc; The Pogues are the only ones left on my bucket list. Though I live in north western Canada, if and when you guys play the eastern states again, I’ll be there. Thanks for the great read. I only wish it was longer, I’m sure the intervening years were just as interesting.

    • Chris, Thanks for getting in touch. The intervening years were not without incident, it’s true – but, well, the trajectory of the first incarnation described a line closer to the bell curve I find so satisfying. I hope we get to Canada again. Don’t rule it out. It’s humbling to be in such company in your bucket list.

  8. Ken Brown says:

    James, just had to write and say a very big thank you for giving us “Here Comes Everybody”. It’s a remarkable story about remarkable musicians, and you’ve made me laugh and cry in equal measures. A bit like the music! In my opinion it’s certainly one of the best (and I have to say original!) music books I’ve ever read (and believe me I’ve read a few!).

  9. Mark Almey says:

    Dear James.Bought the book,loved the book.It’s everything a fan needs to visualise the life of The Pogues from their formation in the eighties to their disintegration in the nineties,it’s unreal that you can all still work together after everything that went on! I often wonder if Mr MacGowan has still got any songs lying around waiting to be unleashed upon the recording studio! Wishful thinking mate.I hope the book has sold well because it deserves to be read by many.I’ve leant it to 2 blokes at work with no idea of The Pogues work or history,they’ve both read it in a few days and demanded to borrow my collection of Pogues CDs to accompany flesh out theis thoughts on the band……..Well done James,and good luck for the future…..Mark from Leicester.

    • Mark,

      Thanks very much for your comments. If only more people lent my book out or borrowed Pogues CDs – wait a minute, they should be buying both! Oh well. As long as the word gets out. Thanks for getting in touch. Give my regards to Leicester.

  10. Robert says:

    Just finished the book, which I enjoyed immensely. Moving and beautifully written. Our paths once crossed, back in the day. I knew Debsey slightly from Cambridge in the 70s and when the Pogues were beginning to take off I was still living with one of her old school friends. We all met up a few times – at our flat in Crouch End, at Liverpool Road, at gigs. I seem to recall going over to your flat once (Royal College Street?). I still hold one of the Pogues’ gigs at the Hope & Anchor (late ’83? With the DM in support?) as up there with the best. Anyway, your book took me right back there to that once familiar landscape: a welcome journey.

    • Robert,

      Thanks very much for getting in touch. Yes, Royal College Street it was, next door to the Hospital for Tropical Diseases and just down the road from where Verlaine and Rimbaud stayed for a while. I think I might remember you, especially when you triangulate Crouch End, Liverpool Road and Royal College Street. Thanks for your comments.

      • Robert says:

        Verlaine and Rimbaud?! A juxtaposition not unlike Hendrix living in that house next door to the one Handel occupied, I reckon. If you are ever on the publicity trail in Norfolk, where I live, it’d be nice to see you again. We have a funky lit fest here called Voewood (, where I suspect you’d be in good company. Maybe next year?

      • Verlaine and Rimbaud were a couple of flints, seems like. To stray off the subject, I used to know a couple of girls who lived on Colville Terrace, I think in the house Hendrix died in. One of them, her last name was James, the other, Garner, so their doorbell sort of read ‘James Garner’. Let me have a look at Voewood. Thanks for getting in touch.

  11. John Long Island NY says:

    James, I’d like to order your new book on iTunes, is it available there yet? I’m so glad I got to see the Pogues St Patricks Day 2011 in NYC, The band still has such an edge, i couldn’t believe how tight you guys still play and you still doing your stage slides etc… I can’t even imagine how powerful the band was in the 80’s when I thought the show i saw was powerful.

    • John,

      You know what? I have no idea if my book is available on iTunes. (iTunes?) For a reader of some kind?
      Glad you got to see us at Terminal 5. Power? Smells like Middle-aged spirit.

  12. bren says:

    Cracking read that James. Reads like a thriller. Was wondering if Shane is a reincarnation of Mozart…..

  13. Peter Whitaker says:

    I’m trying hard not to be a sycophant but your book was the best “music industry” book I’ve ever read. Being a 63 year old it brought back the complete image of that period. Although a Yorkshireman (remember Ackworth, James) I felt I was actually walking down the streets of London suffering with you all. When does volume 2 come out? Enjoyed Stockton gig and you guys looked as though you were having fun – even Terry. First half was brilliant with Shane on top form. Second half seemed to be problems with tuning on some of the instruments but still a fantastic evening.
    Afternoon attended granddaughter’s six month birthday in Newcastle, early evening Jessica from Sheffield won Olympic gold and Pogues in late evening could there be a better day.

    • Peter,

      I was kind of hoping to give the ‘music industry’ book thing a swerve, but, well, I suppose it is. The joke is that it’ll be another 30 years until Volume 2, but who knows? Does it look like Terry doesn’t enjoy playing? Tuning’s always difficult with those damn instruments, and particularly in the chill of an evening in the Northeast.

  14. Conny says:

    Hello James!
    Now I have your book and I hope it is not so difficult to read .I` ll try to do my best to translate it without help.Thanks also for the great concert in Berlin.

    Kindly regards Conny

    • Conny,

      I’m glad you enjoyed the gig in Berlin. I always enjoy playing in Berlin.

      I hope the book’s not too difficult to translate. As people have been saying, there are unnecessarily long words in it, unless they serve the purpose of self-mockery. I was hoping a German edition might be in the future. I get inquiries about that a lot.


      • Conny says:

        Hi James!
        I really like to read the book and I have also a list of unknown words .Think when I’m ready with the book I`ll try to translate the difficult words and then I will begin again. The book is like a Black/ White Movie for me.Like that it is so detailed written.Looking forward to the Live DVD from Paris and hoping for a Christmas Tour again.


      • Conny, Thanks for your comment. I’ve had a few messages from German people about how challenging the vocabulary is in my book. I wish the book had been published in translation. Maybe one day. I wanted to give plenty of detail. I wanted the book to read like a novel.

  15. Liam McQuillan says:

    Just finished the book. A real page turner, extremely well written. You have a way with words. Have you anything else published (or in the pipe-line)?

    • Thanks very much. I like the sound of my own voice, in writing, is the thing. I’ve got nothing else published, as in in book form, though there’s material on the Pogues’ website (accounts of a handful of tours in 2004,2005 and 2006). I’ve started work on something else – not creative non-fiction. Not creative non-fiction is harder, I’m finding out (as if I didn’t know already).

  16. John Woodard says:

    Hi James,
    Are you planning any promotional events for the book in NYC?

    • As I’ve said elsewhere on this blog, I need a publisher in the United States, and, I’m told, an editor – though not having either didn’t stop me from doing a reading here in Los Angeles. Maybe something ad hoc will come up. If it does, I’ll post up here about it. Thanks for your interest.

  17. Hi James, just to let you know I finished your book today and thought it was fantastic. It really captured the frustrations and bizarre spirals that somehow conspire to create a career in the entertainment world. I thought the passages that dealt with the frustrations of having your career constrained and shackled by the whims of a man who was clearly not rational or reasonable in his demands were very well written. I spent 8 years touring with a comedy company and it is bizarre the way a life in the entertainment industry can spiral from being a group of friends (sometimes not even that) doing things for fun and with ambition to a career with fellow business partners where your income and success is suddenly dependent on them. How does the former morph into the latter without anyone noticing and how much are you prepared to tolerate for the sake of the majority when it does?
    I was always a fan of The Pogues, my Dad took me to the industrial cavern of the NEC back in 1989 and I proceeded to collect every 12″ I could to get hold of the B sides. However, your book – while a sterling account of the band – deals with more than just a checking off of facts and incident. I think it should be required reading for anyone who is in a band, anyone who is committing themselves to a career with friends and anyone who is interested in how success can breed fracture.
    I’m a writer myself now, but unfortunately my events at Hay are on different days to yours. Hopefully at some point we’ll be on a bill somewhere and I can ask you to sign my book. Until then thanks once again.

    • Ciaran, You put an unanswerable question or two. It might sound trite, but we went from strangers, to neighbours, to friends, to family – with a parallel track running of business associates too (and less categorisable configurations as well, with varying degrees of complexity).

      Not so sure that success necessarily breeds fracture. Twists the bone a bit more maybe.

      Hopefully meet you further down the road.

  18. don says:

    hi james, delighted to hear that you’re bringing out your book. would like to know if/when you’re doing any promotional stuff in ireland with it?

    • Yes! I’m doing a reading (presentation/discussion/Q & A) at Liberty Hall in Dublin on the evening of June 8th, at 8.00pm, as part of the Dublin Writers’ Festival. There should be an article before long in the Irish Independent on Sunday about what I do during the day. I’m also going out to a radio station in Pasadena to record an interview for Dave Fanning’s programme. I don’t know when that airs, but I’ll post about it when I know.

  19. Jon Manning says:

    Hi James,

    Great show in Melbourne earlier this month. Quick question for you: will “Here Comes Everybody” be available as a e-Book?


  20. Hi James, we really enjoyed the book reading at The Social on Monday. I have posted up a little feature on the Retro Man Blog including some photos by rock photographer Paul Slattery, I hope you like it! All the best, Steve

    • Steve, Thanks for coming to the Social. I had a brilliant, if heart-in-my-mouth sort of time. Thanks for the post on your blog. I’ll put a link on my blog about it. When I finally get round to writing on it

  21. sarah says:

    Hi James

    When you have some London book signing dates and venues can you please post them on this blog site


    • I’m in the process of finalising my promotional activities with Faber and Faber’s publicist, together with tinkering with my blog to include a page about what’s coming up. Initially, I’ll be doing such things in the week beginning April 16th. Please check back here later.

  22. Bernadette says:

    James, will you be doing any book signings in the United States?

    • Bernadette,
      As soon as the book’s published in the US, I hope to go on a multi-city reading/signing binge, from (independent) bookstore to (public) radio station. Hopefully publication in US will be soon in coming. I’m working on it. When it happens, I’ll be posting it here on my blog. Thanks for your interest.

  23. Mark says:

    Hello again James,thanks again for your replies.The first time you played Leicester was as support to Elvis Costello at the De Montfort Hall in about 1983 (so I’m told),then you played at the Poly’ in Easter 1984 a couple of weeks after the ‘Waxies Dargle’ clip was on The Tube,then you played the Uni’ when ‘Rum,Sodomy and the Lash’ was coming out,so about 1985.Then,after that,all Leicester appearances were at the De Montfort Hall including one with Joe Strummer.All the very best to you and yours…..Mark.

  24. Mark, I’ve edited your reply, for reasons of space only. Thanks for all the details of the second time you and your mates saw us play – at Leicester University? I’ve been looking through my records and I can only find Leicester de Montfort Hall. Chaos is a prerequisite of creation, so it’s all good.

  25. Mark says:

    Many thanks for your reply James. I’ll let the lads who were there know that the whole thing was thoroughly disorganised from day one, and all the better for it. Hope everything goes great with the book…….can’t wait. All the best, Mark

  26. Bobby Paul says:

    Just found out about this. Brilliant news! I’ve enjoyed your writing style in your blogs in the past so I know it’s gonna be great. I’ll always remember your description of Shane’s laugh as sounding like an egg being cracked into a hot frying pan! Which is spot on!

    • Bobby, the blogs for were great practice for the longer haul of – the page count stands at 397 actually, but that’s without the index. Actually, it’s ‘the laugh that sounds as though someone suddenly decides to fry an egg’. Shane’s laugh has launched a thousand similes. One of them, I forget where I saw it, had something to do with the gassing of badgers, I think.

  27. Mark says:

    Hello James,really looking forward to the book on May 3rd. I was a Pogues fan from the moment that ‘The Tube’ showed the ‘Waxies Dargle’ clip one Friday. A couple of weeks later The Pogues played at Leicester Poly at the Easter ball. About 10 of us went. All of us loved a drink. None of us had great clothes or the looks that drew any attention from the ladies – so you lot were ideal! Great nights out and greater music.Thanks and bring on the book!

    • Mark – thanks for getting in touch. I remember making the video for ‘The Tube’. The camera movements are manic. It’s difficult to see that Andrew has been replaced by Darryl on drums (not for the last time – there’s a couple of bits in the book about Darryl’s deputising) and that Jem has been replaced (in just one shot by the look of it) by a guy called Dave Sketchley, who performed as badly as I did the break dancing on the Streams of Whiskey video. I can’t remember, though, what excuse Andrew and Jem had for not being there that afternoon.

  28. sean campbell says:

    Hi James,

    Really looking forward to reading this book. The cover is also great. I bumped into you briefly while interviewing Shane backstage at Brixton in December 2006. This was for my book on the second-generation Irish (Irish Blood, English Heart). I wondered if your book might include material on The Pogues’ tours of Ireland in the mid-1980s.

    All the best,

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