John cooper clarke love poems
Ten Years in an Open Necked Shirt by John Cooper ClarkeThis is the first book Ive read by JCC and I guess you gotta see him perform to really get the feel of his poems, to me on this first reading they all feel a bit simple, I was expecting something more cheeky/punk.
The intro is brilliant, a little bit about JCCs life and about how he was brought up (Could have been written by Dali). A lot of poets watch people and write what they see, JCC does this, but what he sees is not what anybody else would see, I hope that is his intention and he isnt writing like this just to make things rhyme nicely. A couple of stand out poems (mainly cos they were rude ) were A love story is reverse reminded me of that Pogues Christmas song and by far the best was Evidently chicken Town where the word f***ing is used 82 times.
The poems are accompanied by some top notch illustrations by Steve Maguire, some real surreal pictures and plenty of boobs for me to enjoy.
John Cooper Clarke - Punk Poet - Punk - Afternoon plus - 1979
John Cooper Clarke
John Cooper Clarke has, arguably, not only the most recognisable silhouette in show business, but also the most infectious of poetic voices. Dr Clarke, as he styles himself, wearing his honorary doctorate from Salford University with pride, has always had that effect; to the many devotees of his live performances over five decades, he is both much imitated and inimitable. He arrived in traditional garb: pointed boots, strides clinging to stick-insect legs, dark jacket, buttoned-up white shirt, generous shades, Ronnie Wood hair beneath a tall grey felt hat. He will turn 70 next year. One of the more fortunate breaks in his poetic career, he suggests, was that he looked like a punk before punk rock arrived.
Poems. (I Married A) Monster From Outer Space(I've Got A Brand New) Track Suit 23rd36 hoursA Distant RelationAction ManApart From The RevolutionAre You.
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Indeed, John Cooper Clarke remains enshrouded in mythology and enigma, an English eccentric in lieu of Jake Thackray and Edith Sitwell, yet simultaneously a cornerstone of punk with an enduring influence on British lyricists, poets and comedians. Better seek some sound advice; better look elsewhere. John Cooper Clarke at his least guarded, and most personal.
Take a tip from John Cooper Clarke He shot to cultural prominence in the Seventies, producing and performing poetry that tackled real-life matters with zero fear and total vibrance. Putting a punk spin on simple matters has given the northern man a master status: purveyor of subcultural shock. And today he turns Rhythm machines at the ready, his cultural performance is about to kick off
You are quite well into your national tour. Do you still enjoy being on the road? Yes, I've got a driver. Well, a hire car. The nearest I get to a limo. The show is mainly new material. I get a few requests from the audience, but I carry on regardless.