John Cooper Clarke

John Cooper Clarke

Parabola Arts Centre

Dr John Cooper Clarke: poet; movie star; rock star; tv and radio presenter; comedian; social and cultural commentator.

Britain’s best loved and most important performance poet. John is as vital now as he was in the 70s; his biting, satirical, political and very funny verse, delivered in a unique rapid-fire performance style, resonated with the punk movement. JCC toured with all the seminal bands: The Sex Pistols, The Clash and 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.

A figurehead for the movement and all that it encompassed. He found himself as one of the leading voices of punk and youth culture of the late 70s. He became known as the “Punk Poet” or “The Bard of Salford” . Live, he was performing to thousands across the UK. Crowds gathered with open eyes and ears gazing up at his distinctive, and now iconic, visual appearance (tall and thin with a mess of black hair, black sunglasses, drainpipe trousers and Cuban-heeled boots) transfixed as he worked through a catalogue of work taken from his four studio albums and numerous singles.

His influence can be heard in his recent collaborations with The Arctic Monkeys and Plan B—meaning John has been involved in 2 global number 1 albums in the last 2 years. His own career spanning box set Anthologia was released on Sony in late 2015 to great critical acclaim. Music week called him One of the most important artists ever. His collection of poems 10 years In An Open Necked shirt is one of the bestselling poetry books of all times.

His latest show, touring across the world, is a mix of classic verse, extraordinary new material, hilarious ponderings on modern life, good honest gags, riffs and chat—a chance to witness a living legend at the top of this game.

John will be joined by special guest and champion of the underdog, Mike Garry.