The legendary Salford Bard visited Glencarse and gave an epic performance. With a mixture of his classic verse, extraordinary new material, hilarious ponderings on modern life, good honest gags, riffs and chat, this was a chance to witness a living legend at the top of his game.
John Cooper Clarke shot to prominence in the 1970s as the original people's poet, and emerged as one of the leading voices of youth culture. Thanks to his biting, satirical, political and very funny verse, delivered in a unique rapid-fire performance style, he became a seminal influence on the punk movement. His impact far transcended that cultural moment though, and John became the world's leading alternative literary figure, whose work is loved and recognised on a global scale.
His book "Ten Years in an Open Neck Shirt" is one of the most successful poetry books of all time. His words have been indelibly inked into the minds of millions of teenagers thanks to his poetry being place on the UK GCSE syllabus. He was awarded an honorary doctorate from Salford University and his words were chosen by the makers of the Sopranos as the soundtrack to closing scenes of the penultimate episode.
His career has spanned cultures, audiences, art forms and continents.
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You can read a full review of this show on The Mumbles blog here