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Rake at the Gates of Hell: Shane MacGowan in Context (English Edition) par [Mamrak, Robert]
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Rake at the Gates of Hell: Shane MacGowan in Context is a mix of Irish history and culture, biography, and music criticism. It explores Shane MacGowan’s art by juxtaposing details of his life with those elements of Irish culture and history that inform the themes in his work. The book presents MacGowan’s life chronologically, supplementing information on Irish history and culture at those points where it can best illuminate MacGowan’s story. His career with the Nips, the Pogues, and the Popes is covered extensively. The book includes critical assessments of significant live performances and all studio recordings made with each of these three bands. MacGowan’s life story is told warts and all. His hedonistic lifestyle and history of substance abuse is reported in a way that neither sensationalizes nor minimizes the facts. The text is enlivened by extensive quotations, primarily from MacGowan himself, which were either taken from conversations with the author or culled from published interviews. The book explores several themes prominent in MacGowan’s work. Foremost among these are Irish Republicanism, the Irish Republican Army, Irish emigration, and various factors that contribute to Irish emigration. While the discussion of these topics is not exhaustive, it is detailed enough to enhance appreciation of Shane MacGowan’s art. Moreover, Rake at the Gates of Hell: Shane MacGowan in Context is the only book yet written that chronicles MacGowan’s remarkable comeback with the Pogues, the band that fired him nearly two decades ago.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Excellent- Delivers Exactly What The Title Promises- Context 28 mai 2013
Par R. J. Marsella - Publié sur
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This is an incredibly well written book about Shane MacGowan. It summarizes his influences both from his Irish republican roots as well as the Punk and Traditional music that led to the formation and work of the Pogues in concise and yet detailed enough fashion that I felt like I was learning these things for the first time although I am familiar with both threads of his history. The author writes very engaging prose and there are many quotes from both Shane and others that add texture to this book making it indispensable reading for anyone who is a fan of the Pogues. Without a doubt this is the best book I've read about the band and it's influences. I couldn't put it down.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Good, but deeply flawed 26 juin 2013
Par Matthew Henry - Publié sur
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First, I should say that I really did enjoy reading this book. I did learn a lot about MacGowan, and even about recent Irish history.

That said, I have some major issues with this book:

First, there are so many typos. Calling them typos might be too charitable, since some are repeated throughout the book, suggesting the author simply didn't bother to check how to spell "Sinéad O'Connor" (referred to repeatedly as "O'Conner [sic]"). At one point, he even mentions "Curt Cobain [sic]". This was really frustrating.

I was also disappointed by how much of the content came from documentaries and TV specials that are widely available. I didn't buy this book to read the author's play-by-play of "If I Should Fall from Grace: The Shane MacGowan Story" or Victoria Clarke's appearance on "Rock Wives." A consequence of this somewhat bizarre choice is that it's fairly easy to review the author's sources. For instance, consider the scene in "If I Should Fall from Grace" in which the women approach Shane on the boat train for autographs. The author describes them as a "women's club," despite the fact that they're obviously wearing hen night t-shirts. If he doesn't know enough about Anglo-Irish culture to understand what a hen night is, why should I take him seriously when he talks about Black & Tans or Gerry Adams?

Finally, I could've done without the music criticism. It doesn't help me understand Shane, the Pogues, or anything else, to know how much the author likes "Aisling." It's one thing to quote from critics who reviewed the records when they were released, since that's, you know, relevant history. It's another thing entirely for the author to include his own dashed-off opinions on the low points of "Hell's Ditch."

Again, I did like this book, despite being frustrated with it. I would just recommend that this not be the one book you read on any of the subjects it covers.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Very good 3 mai 2013
Par celticmom - Publié sur
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Mamrak does a good job of putting MacGowan into the context of complex Irish history and explaining how it affected his songwriting and lifestyle. If I have any complaint, it's that it's almost too meticulous to the point of sometimes nearing the point of being a rather tedious read. But it's the only book out there that really puts the whole package together.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Great book 27 mai 2013
Par Kristin J Alkire - Publié sur
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Great. Must have for any Pogues fan. Plenty of Irish history, if from a decidedly interesting point of view. Great look into the mind of one of the most brilliant singer/songwriters of our times. Very easy read. Just wish it was available electronically.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 excellent read 15 novembre 2012
Par Sean M. O'Dell - Publié sur
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Robert Mamrak did an great job on this title. The in depth research on Irish history, Sane McGowan's life and music career marks his legendary status. Rake at the gates of hell is highly recommended for any Macgowan/Pogues fan.
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