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With a career now spanning five decades, the poetic punk prose of John Cooper Clarke has never seemed more relevant. Never one to pull a punch, Cooper-Clarke’s role of people’s poet and reluctant voice of a generation has gained him acclaim from those who tune in a little further left of the dial.

Born in Salford in 1949, Clarke’s instantly recognisable stage persona and sense of style have found him fronting the boards in both musical and spoken word forms. Appearing on the same bill as The Sex Pistols, Siouxsie and the Banshees and Joy Division, his importance in punk-rock culture has proved that the middle finger to the establishment can be raised with more than just three chords and a safety pin.

In recent years, his influence on the counter culture has continued to evolve, with a respectful nod from Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner, as Clarke’s lyrics and inspiration found its way into the Sheffield stadium fillers’ singles Florescent Adolescent and I Wanna Be Yours. Continuing to fight his own corner, Clarke’s razor-sharp tongue and Northern front have positioned him alongside the more marketable faces of a musical revolution. However, when others have fallen for the lure of the easy dollar, Clarke has stayed true to his roots.

Join Clarke on Saturday 6th May, as he finds himself on the Durham Gala stage putting the world to rights in his own unmistakable Mancunian style.

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