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Classic DVD Review: Shane MacGowan | If I Should Fall From Grace

If this grim doc on the dissolute Pogues singer doesn't sober you up, nothing will.

This came out in 2003 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


Wanna give up the bottle for good without having to get up for meetings or acknowledge a higher power? Just plunk yourself down with this thoroughly researched, excellently presented warts-and-all TV documentary on the life of Pogues singer Shane MacGowan.

In less than two hours, you’ll watch him devolve from a scrappy young punk with literary aspirations into a bloated, dissolute, incomprehensible drunkard who seems to be shedding teeth as fast as brain cells. Along the way, some great archival Pogues footage — including live clips and videos for gems like Dirty Old Town and Fairytale Of New York — help raise the spirits somewhat. But after watching Shane sit in the rubble of his cheap flat and babble conspiracy theories — or worse, sit alone plunking a piano in a dingy pub — you’ll be off the sauce for good.


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