John Cooper Clarke with special guest Mike Garry presented by North Tyneside Council as part of the Mouth of the Tyne Festival
Wednesday 16th July 2014
Punk-poet John Cooper Clarke makes a welcome return to the region.
With an incredible 2013 under his belt, John Cooper Clarke now embarks on his hotly anticipated national 2014 tour with a phenomenal schedule taking him right through to the Mouth of the Tyne Festival in July.
Britain’s best loved and most important performance poet, John Cooper Clarke is as vital now as he was in the 70s. His acerbic, satirical, political and very funny verse, delivered in a unique rapid-fire performance style, resonated with the punk movement. Dr JCC toured with all the seminal bands; The Sex Pistols, The Clash & Buzzcocks, and in the USA with Elvis Costello. This led to him drawing 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 2014, and JCC remains a key orator of British society, as relevant now as ever, with his mark indelibly made on 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 can to be heard in the satirical and keen social observations of the Arctic Monkeys. Alex Turner cites JCC as a huge inspiration, as recently highlighted by the band’s over of JCC’s ‘I Wanna Be Yours’ on their critically acclaimed fifth studio album ‘AM’. UK rapper and film maker Plan B asked John to appear in his directorial film debut "Ill Manors". Their duet9th Feb ‘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.
As his recent accolade from Q Magazine as their ‘Poet Laureate’ shows, John Cooper Clarke remains one of the most important voices of our time, and one of the greatest performers currently touring.
Tickets on sale Friday 7th March at 9am.