Dr. John Cooper Clarke and Opener Mike Garry Come to Joe's Pub
Hot on the heels of his sell-out 2018 NYC shows, and with a just published poetry collection ("The Luckiest Guy Alive" on Macmillan) the British "People's Poet" Dr. John Cooper Clarke is back in New York City with a three-night run at the legendary Joe's Pub, March 22 to March 24.
John Cooper Clarke is adored across Europe as an elder statesman of subversive art, and the witty, political poet of the first UK punk movement whose blazing creativity has survived a bumpy ride.
Also known as the Bard of Salford, 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 Cooper Clarke became the world's leading alternative literary figure, whose work is loved and recognized on a global scale.
Today, he is as relevant and vibrant as ever, and his influence just as visible on pop culture. Last year, Cooper Clarke released his much anticipated poetry collection, his first in almost 40 years! The Luckiest Guy Alive, published by Macmillan to great fanfare and acclaim. It will be on sale at the gig.TV appearances on Have I Got News For You, Never Mind The Buzzcocks, 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, and Would I Lie To You, his influence can also be heard in the satirical and keen social observations of artists such as Plan B and the Arctic Monkeys. Alex Turner, frontman of the Arctic Monkeys, cites him as a huge inspiration and this was highlighted by the band's cover of JCC's "I Wanna Be Yours" on their critically acclaimed fifth studio album, AM. In addition UK rapper Plan B featured John's performance poetry in his directorial film debut Ill Manors, and their duet "Pity The Plight" appears in the movie and on the film's hit soundtrack. These collaborations mean that John has been involved in two global #1 albums in the last few years.
Cooper Clarke recently collaborated with The National Trust creating a coastal poem to celebrate the nation's enduring love affair with our beautiful coastline. The poem, "Nation's Ode to the Coast," also marks 50 years of their successful Neptune Coastline Campaign.
In 2015, he released Anthologia, the first anthology of his work, a unique 3CD/DVD bookset collection of his work. This includes an expansive archive of poems from Evidently Chickentown, I Wanna Be Yours and live performances from the Manchester Ritz and Hulme Playhouse. The one-off collection truly encompasses Cooper Clarke's wicked humor, originality and his mastery of the spoken word in a career spanning five decades. In 2016, he released This Time It's Personal on Sony records. A unique collaboration with Hugh Cornwell of The Stranglers, the record features classic American and British pop tracks from the 50s and 60s with John taking the role of lead vocalist and Hugh playing all guitars. Last year, Cooper Clarke released his first poetry collection in almost 40 years, The Luckiest Guy Alive, published by Macmillan. About