Dr. John Cooper Clarke
Dr John Cooper Clarke
POET; TV AND RADIO PRESENTER; CULTURAL COMMENTATOR;
“One of Britain’s outstanding poets”
- Sir Paul McCartney
“Fantastically entertaining. As a writer of comic prose Clarke is the match of anyone alive, and his turns of phrase are as sharp as his suits” - The Times
“An immensely entertaining memoir that fizzes with wit...It’s impossible not to hear him read every word aloud in your head with that unforgettable Manc drawl” - NME
“Riveting” - The Observer
John Cooper Clarke shot to prominence in the 1970s as the original ‘people’s poet’.
His unique poetry and delivery style was recorded and put to music by legendary producer
Martin Hannett and a band of Mancunian stars, including Buzzcocks Peter Shelley and The
Durutti Column’s Vini Reilly, masquerading as The Invisible Girls.
Seminal tracks such as Beasley St and Evidently Chickentown featured on the hit album Snap
Crackle and Bop, one of 4 big selling original album releases in the late 70s and early 80s. They
established John as one of the most prolific artists of the Punk years. The albums were big
sellers worldwide and firmly placed John as a major talent. In 2015 Sony honoured JCC with a Book set, Anthologia, a CD and DVD collection of his entire live and recorded history, with
tributes from amongst others Sir Paul McCartney and Kate Moss.
JCC’s early live shows were renowned occasions. He headlined gigs with support from many
soon to be superstars, including Joy Division, New Order and Duran Duran. He himself featured
as special guest on many shows by the Sex Pistols, Buzzcocks and The Clash, as well as
carving his own unique niche as a stand up poet.
His first poetry collection 10 Years in An Open Necked Shirt came out in the early 80s on
Random House, featuring the lyrics to classic tracks from his albums and more original material.
It is one of the biggest selling poetry books ever in the UK, Canada and Australasia.
Since then his career has spanned cultures, audiences, art forms and continents.
These days he performs purely as a stand up solo poet. His unique poetry show has been
running in theatres and festivals worldwide for over 15 years.
John's 2018 poetry collection The Luckiest Guy Alive (Picador/Macmillan). Features 30 new
poems, including live favourites such as; I've Fallen In Love With My Wife, Beasley Boulevard
and Get Back on Drugs you Fat F*ck.
Dr John Cooper Clarke's long-awaited 2020 autobiography, named after his most famous poem
I Wanna Be Yours, published in Hardback by Macmillan, is a groundbreaking piece of
literature. JCC 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 he enjoys today.
It will soon be reprinted for the 4th time and has just been re-published in paperback.
JCC is as relevant and vibrant as ever and his influence is just as visible in today's pop culture.
Aside from his trademark ‘look’ continuing to resonate with fashionistas young and old, and his
poetry included on national curriculum syllabus, his effect on modern music has been huge.
His influence can be heard within the keen social observations of the Arctic Monkeys, amongst
many others. The Monkeys put the lyrics to Johns I Wanna Be Yours to their own music, on
their worldwide smash, the genius A:M. JCC's collaboration with Plan B, Ill Manors spawned a
best selling soundtrack album and a hard hitting movie.The list of people who cite him as a
major influence is endless.
John's track, Evidently Chickentown, was used as the soundtrack over the credits of the
penultimate episode of the hit TV show, and best selling ever DVD box set worldwide The
Sopranos. He continues to feature on many British TV shows, with frequent appearances on 8
out of 10 Cats, Would I Lie To You, Pointless Celebs and Have I Got News For You, being
particularly well received. Alongside his frequent BBC 6 Music shows they have opened up a
whole new audience for him.
John’s own film company produced the hilarious documentary EVIDENTLY JOHN COOPER CLARKE
which records and celebrates his life as a poet, revealing his significant influence on contemporary
culture over four decades. With a bevy of household names including Bill Bailey, Plan B, Steve
Coogan,Kate Nash, Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner and cultural commentators Miranda
Sawyer and Paul Morley, the film “Exposes the life behind one of Britain's sharpest and most witty poets”. It was shown on The BBC many times and is still available on Johns online shop as a DVD. His other film and TV shows include appearing as himself in the Joy Division Biopic Control,
presenting a documentary on Thomas De Quincey's Confessions of an English Opium-Eater in the
BBC's second series of The Secret Life of Books.
In July 2019 John was the well received guest on BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs. A fan of
the show for 60 years, he described it as having "all the finality of a suicide note, without the
actual obligation of topping yourself". His book choice was Against Nature by Joris-Karl
Huysmans, his luxury item was a boulder of opium twice the size of his head and his favourite
track was "How Great Thou Art" by Elvis Presley.
John was recently a participant in BBC's Celebrity Antiques Road Trip and has featured a Number of times on Would I lie to You and 8 Out of 10 Cats.
In July 2013, John was awarded an honorary doctorate of arts by Salford Uni, in
"acknowledgement of a career which has spanned five decades, bringing poetry to non-
traditional audiences and influencing musicians and comedians" Upon receipt, Dr JCC
commented "Now I'm a doctor, finally my dream of opening a cosmetic surgery business can
become a reality".
His latest live show, touring across the UK, Europe, USA, and Canada, is a mix of classic verse,
extraordinary new material, hilarious ponderings on modern life, good honest gags, riffs and
chat - a chance to witness a living legend at the top of this game.
Thursday 8th June 2023
Assembly Hall, WorthingBuy tickets
Saturday 10th June 2023
Beau Sejour David Ferguson Hall, GeurnseyBuy tickets
Wednesday 6th September 2023
Lees Palace, Toronto ONBuy tickets
Friday 8th September 2023
LPR, New York, NYBuy tickets
Sunday 10th September 2023
City Winery, Boston, MABuy tickets
Tuesday 12th September 2023
Space, Chicago ILBuy tickets
Friday 15th September 2023
Rickshaw Theatre, VancouverBuy tickets
Sunday 17th September 2023
The Triple Door, SeattleBuy tickets
Tuesday 19th September 2023
McMenamins Mission Theatre, Portland ORBuy tickets
Thursday 21st September 2023
Sweetwater Music Hall, Mill Valley CABuy tickets
Saturday 23rd September 2023
The Moroccan Lounge, Los Angeles, CABuy tickets
Monday 25th September 2023
3Ten, Austin TXBuy tickets
Friday 17th November 2023
The Grove, DunstableBuy tickets
Saturday 18th November 2023
Stamford Corn ExchangeBuy tickets
Monday 20th November 2023
King's Hall, IlkleyBuy tickets
Wednesday 22nd November 2023
New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-Under-LymeBuy tickets
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