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John Cooper Clarke
From the Promoter
In July 2013, Clarke was awarded an honorary doctorate of arts in "acknowledgement of a career
which has spanned five decades, bringing poetry to non-traditional audiences and influencing
musicians and comedians" by the University of Salford.
"I say to people, have you heard of John Cooper Clarke and if they say, yes, yeah
he's an absolute genius and you just go, 'oh - ok, you've saved me a lot of time"
"When I first saw John Cooper Clarke as support to The Clash, my two overwhelming impressions were God! He’s skinny, and, fucking hell! He’s brave. To appear in front of a Clash audience could be a terrifying experience and that was from behind the protection of a drum kit! To stand alone with just a microphone reading poetry took some courage and conviction. John's poetry always has been funny, original, political and cutting." --TOPPER HEADON, The Clash "Long may his slender frame and spiky top produce words and deeds that keep us on our toes and alive to the wonders of the world." --PAUL McCARTNEY “John is a true survivor. Even after a nuclear war it'll be him and the cockroaches....I should be so bloody lucky!” --PETER HOOK, New Order