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John Cooper Clarke (born 5 January 1949) is a British performance poetfrom Salford, Greater Manchester. He is considered a major figure in punk poetry and punk literature.
His recorded output has mainly centred around musical backing from The Invisible Girls, whichfeatured Martin Hannett, Pete Shelley, Bill Nelson, Paul Burgess and Steve Hopkins. 'Ten Years In An Open-Necked Shirt' remains his most popular and successful published work.
to himself on stage as"Johnny Clarke, the name behind the hairstyle". His first job was a laboratory technician at the University of Salford. Having released a handful of records into the early 1980s, Clarke performed hislive act less frequently, and spent much of that decade addicted to heroin. He made an appearance in two UK adverts for Sugar Puffs in 1988, taking second billing to the Honey Monster. Morerecently, Clarke has turned some of his stage act away from an emphasis on performance poetry and towards more of a stand-up-oriented affair, but poetry is still very much a key part of his performance. Healso supported Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros. He can often be seen supporting The Fall on British tours or performing as a headlining act in his own right. He also duetted with a poem entitled LastResort with Reverend Jon McClure at a Reverend and the Makers concert at London's Spread Eagle, which Later was released as the b-side for the band's single "Heavyweight Champion of the World". Clarkealso recorded a song with the band entitled "Dead Man's Shoes". Clarke's recording of "Evidently Chickentown" from his album Snap, Crackle & Bop was also featured prominently in the closing scene of...