Shane MacGowan's wife Victoria issues plea as The Pogues frontman rushed to hospital

Discussing his love of art, the legendary singer explained: “When I was about 11 or 12, I got heavily into studying history of art and looking at old paintings and modern paintings, I knew a lot about art.

“It’s one of the only O Levels I got, was in art. I did the album cover for The Pope’s album ‘Crock of Gold’ and I designed the Pogues first album cover, ‘Red Roses For Me’.

“And I more or less designed the second album ‘If I Should Fall From Grace With God’.

“I’ll paint or draw on anything, with anything.”

The book, was carefully curated by Victoria, who added to The Sun: “I love the way that the drawings and notes and scraps of stories provide an insight into Shane’s songs, it is like walking into his studio and seeing everything that was happening in his mind.”