Shane MacGowan: ‘Describe myself in three words? I’m bloody great’

The Pogues frontman on vanity, a horrible heckle and why he became a vegetarian

Born in Kent, MacGowan, 63, won a scholarship to Westminster school, but was later expelled. In 1982, he became frontman of the Pogues; the band’s albums include Rum Sodomy and the Lash and If I Should Fall from Grace with God. MacGowan co-wrote the song Fairytale of New York, which he performed with Kirsty MacColl; released in 1987, it remains a festive classic. He has launched his own line of merchandise on his website. He lives in Dublin with his wife, the writer Victoria Mary Clarke.

Which living person do you most admire, and why?
Myself – why not?

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