Legendary punk poet John Cooper Clarke makes a welcolm return to Lincoln with a show at The Engine Shed this April.
He shot to prominence in the 1970s, and remains one of the most vibrant poets today – this really is a must-see show.
Born in Salford, he started performing in Manchester before gaining national exposure in the 1970s when he enjoyed a top 40 hit.
He also performed on the same bill as the Sex Pistols
His unique poetry writing and rapidfire delivery style was recorded and put to music by legendary producer Martin Hannett and a band of Mancunian superstars, such as Buzzcocks Pete Shelley and The Durutti Columns Vinnie Reilly.
Seminal tracks such as Beasley St and Evidently Chickentown featured on the massive hit album Snap Crackle and Bop, one of 4 big selling original album releases on Sony Records in the late 70s and early 80s. They established John as one of the most prolific artistes of the Punk years.
JCC headlined gigs with support from many soon to be superstars including Joy Division, New Order and Duran Duran. He himself featured as special guest on many shows by the Sex Pistols, Buzzcocks and The Clash.
His poetry collection 10 Years in An Open Necked Shirt came out in the early 80s featuring the lyrics to his albums and more original material. It is one of the biggest selling poetry books in the UK. Since then his career has spanned cultures, audiences, art forms and continents.
These days he performs purely as a stand up solo poet. His unique poetry show has been running in theatres worldwide for over 12 years.
His latest live show, touring across the UK, Europe, USA, Canada & Australasia, is a mix of classic verse, extraordinary new material, hilarious ponderings on modern life, good honest gags, riffs and chat – a chance to witness a living legend at the top of this game.
You can buy tickets here: https://engineshed.seetickets.com/event/john-cooper-clarke/the-engine-shed/1459779