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Gary Topp presents

DR. JOHN COOPER CLARKE

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Thursday, Sep 10, 2015 9:00 PM EDT (8:00 PM Doors)
The Garrison, Toronto, ON

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UK POET, MOVIE STAR, ROCK STAR,COMIC, SOCIAL AND CULTURALCOMMENTATOR, DOCTOR OF ARTS, LEGEND

"If I'm talking to someone and go, 'Do you know John Cooper Clarke?' and they say, 'Oh yeah, he's a genius', I'm then, 'Good, you've saved me a lot of time'." --STEVE COOGAN

Britain’sbest loved and most important performance poet,JOHN COOPER CLARKE,is as vitalnowas hewas in the'70s when his biting satirical political verse, delivered in aunique rapid-fire performance style,resonated with the punk movement.He supported and toured withall the seminalartists (Sex Pistols,The Clash,Buzzcocks,Elvis Costello,Joy Division,New Orderetc)but drew large crowds in his own right.He found himself as one of theleading voices of punk andyouth culture and became known

as the “Punk Poet”or “The Bard of Salford”. He performed worldwide in front of thousands transfixedto

his distinctive, and now iconic, visualappearance (tall andpencil-thin with a mess of black hair, black sunglasses,drainpipe trousers and Cuban-heeled boots)and his influential catalogue.


In 1978, John signed a major album deal with CBS. His works with theInvisible Girls(produced byMartinHannett)were unique fusions ofhis poems and The Invisible Girls’ highly originalmusic, creatingrecords stillname-checked by people as diverse asArctic Monkeys' Alex Turner,Plan B,Jarvis CockerandSteve Coogan.A massive collection of his words,Ten Years In An Open Necked Shirt,became thebestselling poetrybook of the1980s, and is reprinted every few years.His recording ofEvidently Chickentownwas used inthepenultimate closingscene ofThe Sopranos.John plays himself in Anton Corbijn’s Joy Division biopic,Control, has his own BBC4documentaryEvidently… John Cooper Clarke, isregularly featured onBBCTVand radio as a presenter, performerand socio-culturalcommentator, and continues to write.

In July 2013, Clarke was awarded an honorary doctorate of arts in "acknowledgement of a career whichhas spanned five decades, bringing poetry to non-traditional audiences and influencing musicians andcomedians" by the University of Salford. Upon receipt, Clarke commented: "Now I'm a doctor, finally mydream of opening a cosmetic surgery business can become a reality."

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