MacGowan recounts his experiences growing up on a farm in Ireland, where his family began giving him two pints of Guinness a night at the age of 5 and his father took him to hang out with bookies and drunks at the local pub. He tells of moving to London and becoming part of the club scene in the mid-1970s, just as punk was beginning to emerge.
MacGowan also provides his own views on The Pogues' success and the reasons for his abrupt departure from the band. As he invites us into his world, MacGowan tells many hilarious stories and he also riffs on a wide range of subjects, from Irish history and politics to literature to film to religion to his own substance abuse, and much more.
Sometimes maddening, sometimes charming, often brilliant, and always honest, A DRINK WITH SHANE MACGOWAN is an enjoyable romp with a truly fascinating personality.