Q Magazine’s Poet Laureate
Recently awarded Doctorate of Arts at Salford University
Watch John’s Recent Appearance On Celebrity Mastermind Here
Listen to his BBC 6 music show here – another airing this coming Sunday 4-6pm
With the recent news of John Cooper Clarke’s first Manchester show in over 3 years, set to take place in the suitably iconic Palace Theatre, Dr. JCC has today announced a further date at the Blackpool Winter Gardens on the 20th June. This date will complete a series of UK shows for John that also sees him travelling to Leeds, London, and Manchester. The venue in Manchester was personally chosen by The Doc., as it was at the Palace Theatre in the early 60’s that he watched Bob Hope perform and decided to try and follow a life in showbiz.
Britain’s best loved and most important performance poet, John Cooper Clarke is as vital now as he was in the 70’s. His biting, satirical, political and very funny verse, delivered in a unique rapid-fire performance style, resonated with the punk movement. His work recently saw him awarded a Doctorate of Arts at Salford University.
JCC toured with all the seminal bands; The Sex Pistols, The Clash & Buzzcocks, and in the USA with Elvis Costello. He began to draw large crowds in his own right. Joy Division were proud to frequently support JCC and New Order later opened for him on their first Australian tour.
Fast forward to 2013, and JCC remains a key orator of British society during this time, and his mark is indelibly seen in today’s pop culture. Aside from his fashion style spawning copy-cats all over the country, his effect on modern music has been huge. His influence needs only to be heard in the satirical and keen social observations of the songs of the Arctic Monkeys. Alex Turner cites JCC as a huge inspiration and this was recently demonstrated by Turner as the band covered JCC’s ‘I Wanna Be Yours’ on their critically acclaimed fifth studio album ‘AM’. In addition, UK rapper and film maker Plan B asked John to appear in his directorial film debut “Ill Manors”. Their duet ‘Pity The Plight’ appears in the movie and on the soundtrack.
His poem “Evidently Chicken Town” made its way onto the penultimate episode of what many people consider the ‘greatest TV show of all time’ The Sopranos.
Performing live at the Blackpool Winter Gardens, John Cooper Clarke remains one of the most important voices of our time, and one of the greatest performers currently touring.
Tickets On Sale 10th January @ 10am – gigsandtours.com // 0844 811 0051
20th – Blackpool Winter Gardens The Arena
Full 2014 Tour Dates
1st March – Leeds Town Hall
7th March – London O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
24th May – Manchester Palace Theatre