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John Cooper Clarke webchat - post your questions now


The Mancunian punk poet beloved of Alex Turner and Plan B is joining us for a live Q&A from 4-5pm on Tuesday 30 September so what do you want to ask him?

With his dark sunglasses, shock of black hair and gold teeth, punk poet John Cooper Clarke is instantly recognisable but its his voice that hits you first. A drily amused Salford drawl, he applies it in rhythmic streams of poetic consciousness. His topics: poverty, love, and all the petty little things that both irritate and make life worth living. I wanna be your setting lotion / Hold your hair in deep devotion.

He started out in cabaret before ending up in punk clubs, delivering bile in between bands it had, by his own admission, a massive impact on British culture... Everybody that read one of my poems went off and wrote poetry. The 80s saw him release albums, do madcap Sugar Puffs adverts, and become addicted to heroin, the latter inducing a long spell of no writing at all. But he got clean, and found a new generation of converts. The Arctic Monkeys reworked his poem I Wanna Be Yours, while Plan B put Clarke in his film Ill Manors, and his tones could even be heard singing the praises of McCain chips.

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