John Cooper Clarke to publish memoirs and new poetry collection

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John Cooper Clarke is to publish both his autobiography, and his first new poetry collection in 37 years, publisher Picador has announced. The memoir is said by Picador to cover “an extraordinary life, filled with remarkable personalities: from Nico to Chuck Berry, from The Clash, Buzzcocks and Sex Pistols to Bernard Manning”.

Don Paterson, poetry editor at Picador, said: ‘JCC was crucially influential in getting my own generation into poetry in the first place. He gave us the courage of our non-home counties, non-RP voices, encouraged us to pay attention to politics and social history, and showed us how to articulate our anger and how to time a punchline. Most crucially, he taught us that page or no page – if it doesn’t work when it hits the air, it’s a waste of time.’

The poetry collection – the Bard of Salford’s first new collection since Ten Years in an Open Necked Shirt in 1981 - will be published as a Picador hardback in autumn 2018. The autobiography will be published as a Picador hardback in 2019, the year that Cooper Clarke will turn 70. More details

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Stu Buck

Fri 9th Mar 2018 14:49

never seen him before, its my birthday present off of the missus. buzzing though, cant wait

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Laura Taylor

Fri 9th Mar 2018 14:06

Yeh, us too - seeing him in Wigan next week. The Granddaddy of performance poetry. We all owe him one. Bet the autobiog is dead interesting!

(although it proper sticks in my craw when I get compared to him) 😀

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Stu Buck

Fri 9th Mar 2018 13:56

seeing him in st albans in a couple of weeks. a reet proper legend

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