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Richard Balls in conversation – A Furious Devotion: The authorised biography of Shane MacGowan

October 7, 2021 - 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Join us for a launch event upstairs at The Louis Marchesi! Richard, a Norwich born-and-bred journalist – whose previous (brilliant) books include the story of Stiff records and the definitive biography of Ian Dury – will be in conversation, on publication day, of his new book A Furious Devotion. Here’s a quick blurb…

Punk protagonist, legendary drinker, Irish musical icon. The complete and extraordinary journey of the Pogues’ notorious frontman from outcast to national treasure has never been told – until now.

A Furious Devotion vividly recounts the experiences that shaped the greatest songwriter of his generation: the formative trips to his mother’s homestead in Tipperary, the explosion of punk which changed his life, and the drink and drugs that nearly ended it.

As well as exclusive interviews with Shane himself, author Richard Balls has secured contributions from his wife and family, and people who have never spoken publicly about Shane before: close associates, former girlfriends and the English teacher who first spotted his literary gift. Nick Cave, Aidan Gillen, Cillian Murphy, Christy Moore, Sinead O’Connor and Dermot O’Leary are on the rollcall of those paying tribute to the gifted songwriter and poet.

One not to be missed!

WHERE: The Louis Marchesi Pub (upstairs)
DATE: Thursday 7th October
TIME: Doors 6:30pm for a 7:00pm start.
PRICE: Free!


October 7, 2021
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


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01603 219268


The Louis Marchesi
17 St. George Tombland
Norwich, Norfolk United Kingdom
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