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IF I SHOULD FALL FROM GRACE is a candid portrait and artistic overview of Ireland’s ‘punk poet laureate’ that traces the singer-songwriter’s life from his childhood in Ireland, through his troubled teenage years in London, on into his explosion on the punk music scene fronting the Pogues and beyond. On a deeper level, the documentary examines distinctly Irish themes of the diaspora and displacement, anti-Irish racism, ‘the Troubles’, Irish Nationalism, Alcoholism, the legacy of Irish folk music and culture, and the Faustian price paid for artistic genius. Did I mention that it has some of the finest songs ever written? Featuring insightful commentary from his closest friends, family members and collaborators, and at once heart-breaking and inspiring, the film suggests that despite the hard road taken, MacGowan has yet to fall from grace.
Never forgetting that his family’s land in Ireland is his true spiritual home, young Shane MacGowan found himself uprooted at an early age when his parents moved to London for work. Suffering from displacement and the anti-Irish sentiment of his new environment, MacGowan found acceptance and community in London’s emerging punk subculture and quickly realized that playing traditional Irish Republican fight songs to a frenetic rock beat was perhaps the most punk rock thing one could do in the anti-Irish climate of England in the 1970s and 80s. At once a poet in the ancient Irish folk tradition; a mesmerizing performer; a godfather of British punk; a contemporary songwriting genius in the tradition of Cave, Dylan, Reed, and Waits; and a fierce Republican fighter with the soul of a hopeless tragic romantic, the film is testament that popular music will not see the likes of Shane MacGowan’s magic again. Long may he play!
LONDON CELTIC PUNKS PRESENTS DIRTY ARTICHOKESAugust 3, 2018 at 8:00 pm – 11:00 pmThe Beehive, 3lt, 104 Empson St, London E3 3LT, UKWith REFUSE/ALL
WILLIAM WALLACE MEMORIALAugust 18, 2018 at 1:00 pm – 2:00 pmSaint Bartholomew's Hospital, W Smithfield, London EC1A 7BE, UK
THE MEN THEY COULDN'T HANG atDecember 14, 2018 at 8:00 pm – 11:00 pmBorderline, Orange Yd, Manette St, Soho, London W1D 4JB, UK
THE MEN THEY COULDN'T HANGDecember 15, 2018 at 8:00 pm – 11:00 pmBorderline, Orange Yd, Manette St, Soho, London W1D 4JB, UK
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