John Cooper Clarke

John Cooper Clarke

Dr John Cooper Clarke shot to prominence in the 1970s as the original ‘people’s poet’ and he became one of the most prolific artists of the Punk years. His 2019 autobiography, named after his most famous poem I Wanna Be Yours (Macmillan) goes into fascinating detail about his early life in Manchester leading up to punk superstardom, drug addiction and then the massive comeback as major poet that he enjoys today. He is in conversation with Johnny Green, former road-manager of The Clash.

His 1980s poetry collection 10 Years in An Open Necked Shirt, featuring the lyrics to classic tracks from his albums and more, is one of the UKs biggest-selling poetry collections of all time. Since then his career has spanned cultures, art forms and continents. Today he performs purely as a stand-up solo poet. His unique poetry show has been touring worldwide for over 15 years.

John's 2018 poetry collection The Luckiest Guy Alive features 30 new poems plus the favourites 'I've Fallen In Love With My Wife' and 'Get Back on Drugs you Fat F*ck'. His unique poetry was put to music by producer Martin Hannett and a band of Mancunians, The Invisible Girls. Seminal tracks such as Beasley St and Evidently Chickentown featured on the album Snap Crackle and Bop, one of four hit 70/80s album releases. 

In July 2013, John was awarded an honorary doctorate by Salford University in 'acknowledgement of a career which has spanned five decades, bringing poetry to non-traditional audiences and influencing musicians and comedians'.



Event Information

Event Date Sat 19 Feb 8:00 pm
Individual Price £20.00
Location The Alexander Centre
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