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John Cooper Clarke


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The Poet Laureate Of Punk takes his autobiography on tour

Get the book I Wanna Be Yours here

A man of many talents, people’s poet Dr John Cooper Clarke has been living an extraordinary life. Born in Salford (and often referred to as the Bard Of Salford), his interest in poetry was piqued at young age.  As a teenager, Clarke started performing his compositions in Manchester’s folk clubs. At the time, he took inspiration and encouragement from the upward trajectory of English poet Pam Ayres.

Initially part of Rick Goldstraw’s Ferrets, Clarke was also interested in music and his debut solo EP Innocents came out in 1977. He shot to prominence in the late ’70s and early ’80s, releasing four albums – Disguise In Love, Walking Back To Happiness, Snap, Crackle & Bop and Zip Style Method – as well as breaking onto the punk circuit and providing support for Elvis Costello’s Armed Forces tour. However, by the mid ’80s, Clarke faded from the scene due to his struggles with drug addiction.

He re-emerged in the ’00s, returning to spoken word and offering socio-cultural commentary. Clarke published the poetry anthology Ten Years In An Open-Necked Shirt in 2012, with his follow-up collection being The Luckiest Guy Alive in 2018.

In addition to becoming one of Britain’s most revered writers, he’s a presenter and fashion icon. Standing at 5 feet, 11 inches tall, he’s got a thin silhouette and is well known for his look: messy dark locks, a black suit, shades and a mouth full of gold teeth.

With his autobiography I Wanna Be Yours out on 15 October 2020, Clarke announced a UK tour to support it for May and June 2021.


John Cooper Clarke is taking his I Wanna Be Yours tour across the UK from 15 May – 11 June 2021.

John Cooper Clarke is visiting the following UK venues and cities in 2021:

  • De Montfort Hall, Leicester
  • Eventim Apollo, London
  • Leeds Town Hall
  • Uni The Mountford Hall, Liverpool
  • Palace Theatre, Southend
  • Birmingham Town Hall
  • Sage Gateshead
  • Brighton Dome
  • O2 Guildhall Southampton
  • Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

John Cooper Clarke tickets go on general sale at 10:00 on Friday 16 October 2020.

In support of his autobiography by the same name, John Cooper Clarke's new show will showcase his poetry and spoken work. He'll share stories from throughout his career as well as offer musings, chat, riffs, gags and his signature wicked humour.