Dr. John Cooper Clarke

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Dr John Cooper Clarke


“One of Britain’s outstanding poets”
- Sir Paul McCartney

“Fantastically entertaining. As a writer of comic prose Clarke is the match of anyone alive, and his turns of phrase are as sharp as his suits” - The Times

“An immensely entertaining memoir that fizzes with wit...It’s impossible not to hear him read every word aloud in your head with that unforgettable Manc drawl” - NME

“Riveting” - The Observer

Literary phenomenon John Cooper Clarke is a British cult hero. Known as the
‘Godfather of Punk Poetry” and the original people’s poet, John’s cultural influence
spans literature, music and fashion. From creating some of the most iconic poetry of the
modern era, including the world's most popular wedding poem “I Wanna Be Yours” (
recently celebrating over a billion streams in its incarnation as a hit record by the Arctic
Monkeys) to sharing his life story through his 120k selling memoir of the same name.
John is referenced as a major influence not just by the Arctic Monkeys but also by
artists across the globe… As well as musicians like Alex Turner, The Sleaford Mods and
Plan B, his legendary number “Evidently Chickentown” plays out the penultimate
episode of The Sopranos. Watching John Cooper Clarke perform is an opportunity to
see a living legend at the top of his game.

Doctor John Cooper Clarke shot to prominence in the 1970s. Captivating audiences
with his unique poetry and delivery style, he clawed his way up from working mens
clubs and cabaret venues in his native Salford and Manchester, to become one of the
most prolific figures in punk.

John’s early live shows were renowned occasions, and headline gigs were supported by
many soon-to-be superstars including Joy Division, New Order and Duran Duran, as
well as playing as special guest on shows by the Sex Pistols, Buzzcocks and The

After the release of his seminal album on CBS “Snap, Crackle and Bop” where John’s
poems were put to music by the legendary music producer Martin Hannett, he was
firmly established as one of the most important artists of the Punk era. His recorded
album was followed by the release of his first collection 10 Years in an Open Necked
Shirt. The book is one of the best-selling poetry anthologies ever in the UK, Canada and

As relevant and vibrant as ever, John Cooper Clarke’s influence is just as visible in
contemporary pop culture, with his trademark ‘look’ resonating with fashion-conscious
individuals across all demographics and his poetry features in the UK national
curriculum syllabus. Having had a groundbreaking effect on modern music, his influence
can be heard within the social observations of the Arctic Monkeys, amongst many

John's 2018 poetry collection The Luckiest Guy Alive featured 30 new poems and his
long-awaited 2020 autobiography I Wanna Be Yours is a groundbreaking piece of
literature and a “riveting memoir”.

His sense of humor resounds throughout his career, and his latest live show is a mix of
classic verse, new material, hilarious ponderings on modern life, good honest gags, riffs
and chat.

In 2024 John will be celebrating his 75th birthday with a new live tour of the UK’s major
cities including a show at the London Palladium as well as at the Lowry Theatre in his
native Salford. It’s a chance to see one of the world’s most important and entertaining
spoken word artists at his bold and brilliant best.

Twitter: @offical_jcc
Instagram: @johncooperclarke

Wednesday 15th May 2024

Dolan's Warehouse, Limerick

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Thursday 16th May 2024

Black Box Theatre, Galway

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Saturday 18th May 2024

Set Theatre, Kilkenny

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Sunday 19th May 2024

Cork Cyprus Avenue

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Tuesday 25th June 2024

The Concert Hall, Reading

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Wednesday 26th June 2024

Taunton Brewhouse

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Friday 28th June 2024

Wiltshire Music Centre, Bradford-On-Avon

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Saturday 20th July 2024

Rotown, Rotterdam

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Sunday 21st July 2024

Paradiso, Amsterdam

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Tuesday 23rd July 2024

Boomtown Festival, Ghent

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Monday 16th September 2024

City Winery, Boston MA

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Wednesday 18th September 2024

LPR, New York, NY

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Friday 20th September 2024

City Winery, Philadelphia, PA

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Sunday 22nd September 2024

City Winery, Nashville, TN

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Wednesday 25th September 2024

SPACE, Chicago, IL

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Saturday 28th September 2024

Teragram Ballroom, LA, CA

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Wednesday 2nd October 2024

McMenamins Mission Theatre, Portland, OR

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Friday 18th October 2024

Babel, Malmö

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Saturday 19th October 2024

Stora Teatern, Gothenburg

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Sunday 20th October 2024

Södra Teatern, Stockholm

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Friday 1st November 2024

The Victoria Theatre. Halifax

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Thursday 7th November 2024

The Parkhouse Centre, Bude

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Friday 8th November 2024

Exeter Corn Exchange

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Saturday 16th November 2024

Buxton Opera House

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Tuesday 19th November 2024

The Pavilion Theatre, Glasgow

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