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John Cooper Clarke

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John Cooper Clarke (1978)

Interview by Ian Ravendale, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1978

The Punk Poet talks about comic writing vs. being a comedian; about writing poetry; about putting his words to music; and about his place in the music business.

File format: mp3; file size: 8.2mb, interview length: 9' 00" sound quality: ****

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Buzzcocks, Penetration, John Cooper Clarke, Warsaw: Electric Circus, Manchester

Live Review by Paul Morley, New Musical Express, 18 June 1977

THERE IS undoubtedly a great deal of refining and cleaning to be done on Buzzcocks' material before the album they can so definitely record comes ...

Buzzcocks/Magazine/John Cooper Clarke/The Worst/The Fall/The Prefects/The Negatives/Warsaw: Electric Circus, Manchester

Live Review by Jon Savage, Sounds, 15 October 1977

Prime Manchester venue closes... Power cut at the Electric Circus ...

Be-Bop Deluxe and John Cooper Clarke: Sheffield City Hall, Sheffield

Live Review by Andy Gill, New Musical Express, 25 February 1978

The Dangers Of Being Likeably Listenable ...

John Cooper Clarke: Just Another Ex-Gravedigger Poet Into Dada and the TV

Interview by Garry Bushell, Sounds, 9 September 1978


John Cooper Clarke: The Punk Poet

Interview by David Hancock, Evening News, London, 9 September 1978

JOHN COOPER Clarke is often mistaken for Bob Dylan. ...

John Cooper Clarke: Disguise In Love (CBS 83132)

Review by Tim Lott, Record Mirror, 28 October 1978

Disguise in sane ...

John Cooper Clarke: This Year's Esperanto

Profile and Interview by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 11 November 1978

JOHN COOPER-CLARKE, the poet who came in from the cold ...

John Cooper Clarke: The Salford Surrealist

Report and Interview by Brian Case, Melody Maker, 16 December 1978

A poet and his roots ...

Elvis Costello, Richard Hell, John Cooper Clarke: Hammersmith Palais, London

Live Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 1979

Are you ready for the fiiinal soluuuuuuuuuuuuuushun (oh yeah)? ...

Elvis Costello & the Attractions, Richard Hell & the Voidoids, John Cooper Clarke: Hammersmith Palais, London

Live Review by Garry Bushell, Sounds, 10 February 1979

An exercise in calculation ...

Public Image Ltd., The Pop Group, Merger, Linton Kwesi Johnson , John Cooper Clarke: Kings Hall, Manchester

Live Review by Paul Morley, New Musical Express, 3 March 1979

RACE TODAY magazine/organisation, acknowledging the central importance of Manchester in the struggle of black people, launched their northern campaign with a fund raising "Creation For ...

John Cooper Clarke: Disguise in Love (CBS 83132)

Review by Dave Schulps, Trouser Press, June 1979

NB: To be briskly recited aloud in a thick Mancunian (due east of Liverpudlian) singsong: ...

John Cooper Clarke: Cool for Catholics

Interview by Peter Silverton, Sounds, 29 September 1979

John Cooper Clarke makes a good confession to Pete Silverton (lapsed) ...

Martin Hannett

Interview by uncredited writer, ZigZag, May 1980

(This article was credited to "Worried, Preston". We have no idea who Worried, Preston is. If you do, please get in touch — RBP Ed) ...

The Bard Of Beasley Street At The Seat Of Learning

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, 24 May 1980

THE OXFORD University Union porter peered at us fish-eyed. "Are you members?" he said. "Er, no - we're with the poet." ...

Phantom of the Factory — It's Martin Hannett! A legend in his own town!! Didsbury!!!

Report and Interview by Max Bell, New Musical Express, 19 July 1980

Bassist with Arnie Prole's Blues Band! Founding member of John Cooper Clarke's Curious Yellows! Close friend of Eric the Ferret! Producer of Spiral Scratch, Jilted ...

Linton Kwesi Johnson: Bass Culture (Island import); John Cooper Clarke: Snap, Crackle & Bop (Epic import)

Review by Don Waller, New York Rocker, November 1980

THIS IS The Rap on The Rap, Part I: On the day you're born the doctor smacks your butt, then you start to rappin' and ...

How I Spent My Summer Vacation

Report by Betsy Sherman, Boston Rock, 1 October 1981

Merit Badges Goes To Dianaland ...

John Cooper Clarke: Zip Style Method (Epic)

Review by Danny Baker, New Musical Express, 5 June 1982


Gil Scott-Heron/John Cooper Clarke: Brixton Academy, London

Live Review by Penny Reel, New Musical Express, 24 March 1984


Gil Scott-Heron, John Cooper Clarke: Greenwich Festival, Borough Hall, Greenwich, London

Live Review by Sean O'Hagan, New Musical Express, 22 June 1985


John Cooper Clarke: Buster Rhymes

Interview by Andy Gill, The Word, July 2003

Punk's not dead, and neither is its poet laureate, John Cooper Clarke. ...

John Cooper Clarke: "The Secret Of Longevity Is Idleness"

Interview by Rob Hughes, The Word, February 2011

Spidery bard, beanpole buddha of suburbia, GCSE syllabus fixture — John Cooper Clarke plants his flag on the summit of Mount Wisdom. ...

see also Invisible Girls, The


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