John Cooper Clarke – The poet for people who do not like poetry
Dr. John Cooper Clarke is a performance poet, movie star, rock star, comedian and social and cultural commentator. He is as popular now as he was in the 70s, a figurehead for the movement and all that it encompassed. He has found himself as one of the leading voices of punk and youth culture. His biting, satirical, political and very funny verse, delivered in a unique rapid-fire performance style, initially resonated with the punk movement.
Known as the “Punk Poet” or “The Bard of Salford” John has performed to thousands. His distinctive, and now iconic, visual appearance (tall and thin with a mess of black hair, black sunglasses, drainpipe trousers and Cuban-heeled boots) is un-mistakable, John has even joked that Ronnie Wood ‘stole’ his style!
John Cooper Clarke has toured with all the seminal bands over the years including The Sex Pistols, The Clash & Buzzcocks, and in the USA with Elvis Costello. Joy Division were proud to frequently support the rock star bard and New Order later opened for him on their first Australian tour.
In today’s pop culture aside from his fashion style spawning copy-cats all over the country, his effect on modern music has been huge. His influence needs only to be heard in the satirical and keen social observations of the songs of the Arctic Monkeys. Alex Turner cites JCC as a huge inspiration and John’s work appears on the sleeve of one of their singles as well as Turner having a JCC tattoo. UK rapper and film maker Plan B asked John to appear in his directorial film debut Ill Manors. Their duet Pity The Poor Fellow appears in the movie and on the soundtrack and John Cooper Clarke’s recording of Evidently Chickentown was used in the penultimate closing scene of, The Sopranos.
John Cooper Clarke regularly tours throughout Europe and Australasia. As the hardest working man in show business he still averages over 100 shows a year worldwide. His gig at The Source Arts Centre Thurles is his ONLY Munster show this summer and a one off. This is a unique chance to get up close and personal with the iconic Bard of Salford. John is joined on the night by friend and fellow poet Mike Garry. Advance booking is recommended.
https://youtu.be/fLX8AgEJZ8g - Evidently John Cooper Clarke, trailer
John Cooper Clarke
The Source Arts Centre Thurles
Wednesday 04 May @ 8pm