Shane Patrick Lysaght MacGowan (born 25 December 1957) is an English-born Irish musician and singer, best known as the lead singer and songwriter of Celtic punk band The Pogues. He was also a member of The Nipple Erectors and Shane MacGowan and The Popes, as well as producing his own solo material and working on collaborations with artists such as Kirsty MacColl, Joe Strummer, Nick Cave and Sinéad O'Connor.
MacGowan was born on Christmas Day in Pembury, Kent, England, in 1957, to Irish parents. MacGowan spent his early childhood in Tipperary, Ireland before his family moved back to England when he was six and a half. He lived in many parts of the south-east, including Brighton and London.
MacGowan's mother, Therese, was a singer and traditional Irish dancer, and had worked as a model in Dublin. In 1971, after attending Holmewood House School at Langton Green, Tunbridge Wells, MacGowan earned a literature scholarship and was accepted into Westminster School, a renowned English public school close to the Houses of Parliament. He was found in possession of drugs and was expelled in his second year.
MacGowan got his first taste of fame in 1976 at a concert by British punk band The Clash, when his earlobe was damaged by Jane Crockford, later to be a member of The Mo-dettes. A photographer snapped a picture of him covered in blood and it made the papers, with the headline "Cannibalism at Clash Gig" Shortly after this, he formed his own punk rock band, The Nipple Erectors, later renamed "The Nips"...
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