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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.