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  • Here Comes Everybody

  • The Story of the Pogues
  • By: James Fearnley
  • Narrated by: James Fearnley
  • Length: 14 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

October 1982: ABC, Culture Club, Shalamar and Survivor dominate the top twenty when the Pogues barrel out from the backstreets of King's Cross, a furious, pioneering mix of punk energy, traditional melodies and the powerfully poetic songwriting of Shane MacGowan.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well written, Funny, But definitely sad

  • By Luke Wilhite on 05-10-17

Amazing band, great story, boring reading voice

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-09-15

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Everybody knows The Pogues are an amazingly interesting band, not only for their turbulent take on irish music but also for the charisma and drama of the members. It's probably very hard to write a bad book about a band like them. And indeed, James Fearnley wrote a very good book. However Fearnley's problem is not writing, but reading, which he doensn't do very well. As endearing as his Mancunian accent is, his voice would be a good treatment for insomnia if the random pauses in the middle of sentences weren't so incredibly annoying. Some chapters are better, but some feel like driving on a road full of potholes with the lights off. It's just (PAUSE) annoyng to listen to a (PAUSE) book where the narrator pauses randomly (PAUSE) in the middle of sentences for (PAUSE) no reason. You get the idea.

What other book might you compare Here Comes Everybody to and why?

Except for the problems with the reading voice however, this book ranks well among the current crop of rock memoirs, such as Crissie Hynde's, Kim Gordon's and Peter Hook's.

How could the performance have been better?

The performance could have been better if Fearnley had a more exciting voice and didn't pause all the time between words that shouldn't have a pause in between them.

Do you think Here Comes Everybody needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Not really, except maybe for a Shane MacGowan memoir.

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