New book about the Pogues'
Rum, Sodomy & the Lash

Excerpts are available here. Enjoy.

From the publisher:

The Pogues' Rum, Sodomy and the Lash
by Jeffrey T. Roesgen

"To listen to Rum, Sodomy, and the Lash is to be taken on a sea voyage with a cast of rabble-rousers, rovers, dreamers, and revolutionaries. Released in 1985 the Pogues' second album seamlessly bounds between oceans and centuries, composing and culling stories of common people; their vices, suffering, and urges; their misadventures and victories. With the vital ode of Celtic folk music and the abandon of punk, the Pogues frame their tales with a spirit that's at once firebrand and solemn. Through the epic imagery gracing the cover to the cast of souls introduced in the songs to the Pogues themselves, Jeff Roesgen's celebration of Rum, Sodomy, and the Lash intertwines a sea-faring fictional narrative with band-informed accounts of the creation of this unique and enduring album.

Jeff Roesgen writes both fiction and about music for He is working on his first anthology of stories about his young life in Hong Kong. He lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with his wife and two children."

The book was released in November, 2008. Published by Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.

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