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Latest news on Shane MacGowan, the lead vocalist and songwriter of the Pogues, who died at the age of 65.

Born on December 25, 1957, in Pembury, Kent, England, to Irish parents, MacGowan spent his early years in Ireland. This immersion in Irish culture deeply influenced his music.

MacGowan first emerged in the music scene with the punk band The Nipple Erectors, later known as The Nips, showcasing his raw talent and distinctive style. However, it was with the Pogues that he truly made his mark. The band, known for its energetic blend of punk and traditional Irish music, produced hits like "Fairytale of New York," which MacGowan co-wrote.

Despite the Pogues' success, MacGowan's struggles with alcoholism affected his performance and relations within the band. He was eventually asked to leave the Pogues in 1991. After his departure, he formed another band, Shane MacGowan and the Popes, continuing to perform and record music.

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