Singer-songwriter with the Celtic punk band The Pogues, with whom he sang "Fairytale of New York" and other popular songs like "A Pair of Brown Eyes."
He was wounded at a concert by The Clash and made the papers with his bloody earlobe. His first band was a punk group called The Nipple Erectors.
He was expelled from the prestigious Westminster School after being found in possession of drugs.
He was born to Irish parents; his mother, Therese, worked as a singer and traditional Irish Dancer as well as a model in Dublin. He has been in a relationship with Victoria Mary Clarke since 1986.
MacGowan has released solo work, including a duet with Sinead O'Connor called "Haunted."