Fresh from his latest stint filling in for Jarvis Cocker on BBC 6 Music's Sunday Afternoon slot, iconic British Punk Poet, Dr. John Cooper Clarke will be embarking on a UK tour, coming to a city, or seaside town, near you.
The tour follows the release of 'Anthologia' late in 2015, which is surprisigly the first comprehensive anthology of the prolific wordsmith's work to date. Anthologia is available in CD box set and gatefold vinyl formats, bringing together material from a career spanning over 40 years. A DVD features rare and unseen footage dating back to the Old Grey Whistle Test in 1978 through to the more recent Palace Theatre Manchester show from 2014. See end of post for full tour dates and John Cooper Clarke's website.
Cited as a key lyrical influence by the likes Alex Turner, among countless others, Dr. John Cooper Clarke (an honorary doctorate given by the University of his native Salford) still embodies the true spirit of British punk. Forty Years on from British Punk's perceived inception in 1976, his output is arguably more relevant to society today than it was when it was written. At the height of UK Punk, Clarke's anarchic rapid fire comedic poetry scored him support slots with Punk bands such as Sex Pistols, Buzzcocks and The Clash on tours around a disaffected Britain. Before long he was filling his own shows, becoming one of the prominent voices of UK youth counterculture of the late 1970s and early 1980s.
Poems such as 'Evidently Chickentown' which revelled in swearing and re-appropriated the structure of a poem from 1940 titled 'Bloody Orkney' by Hamish Blair, became experimental punk songs when collected on albums that included 1980's 'Snap, Crackle & Bop', with the backing and arrangements provided by purpose built band, The Invisible Girls. Formed in 1978 around Joy Division/New Order producer Martin Hannett and keyboardist Steve Hopkins, The Invisible Girls featured contributions from an impressive list of artists that included members of Buzzcocks, Be Bop Deluxe, The Sisters Of Mercy, 10cc and even Velvet Underground's Nico.
Still instantly recognisable by his jet black hair, sunglasses, sharp suits and sharper boots, and still performing over 100 shows a year, The Bard Of Salford has gained some mainstream exposure in recent years too. Whether it be playing himself in Anton Corbijn’s Joy Division biopic 'Control' or as a team member on BBC quiz show 'Only Connect', John Cooper Clarke is a breath of fresh air in today's world of sterile soundbites and homogenized opinions.
John Cooper Clarke - Summer 2016 Tour Dates:
Thursday 21 - Torquay, Princess Theatre
Friday 22 - Falmouth, Princess Pavilion
Saturday 23 - Cardiff, Tramshed
Tuesday 3rd - Belfast, Festival Marquee
Wednesday 4th - Thurles, The Source Arts Centre
Thursday 5th - Dun Laoghaire, Pavilion Theatre
Friday 3rd - Glasgow, O2 ABC
Saturday 4th - Edinburgh, Queen’s Hall
Thursday 9th - Gateshead, Sage
Friday 10th - Manchester, Albert Hall
Saturday 11th - Liverpool, Liverpool Guild of Students
Thursday 16th - Milton Keynes, The Stables
Friday 17th - Birmingham, Birmingham Town Hall
Saturday 18th - Bath, The Forum
Thursday 23rd - Portsmouth, New Theatre Royal
Thursday 30th - Southend, Palace Theatre
Friday 1st - London, O2 Shepherds Bush Empire