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Musician, novelist, antiquarian, mystic, Arch Drude and Holy Fool, Julian Cope has become something of a polymath in the forty years since he first cropped up in The Crucial Three. He’s dropped acid on Tops Of The Pops, documented his successes and travails in the music business in the truly essential autobiographies Head On and Repossessed and gone from regular chart presence to someone seemingly far happier in the darkest recesses of the music scene, knocking off a dizzying stream of solo and group records in any number of guises and celebrating all that is gonzo and righteous on his Head Heritage website.

This month sees the release of his first new material in four years with his latest album Drunken Songs, which includes the near-legendary Liver As Big As Hartlepool, a typically waspish rejoinder to Heart As Big As Liverpool by fellow Crucial Three member Pete Wylie. Cope is appearing at the Riverside on Friday 17th February as part of the promotional tour for Drunken Songs, and while you never know quite what Cope will pull out of the bag on any given night, it’s certain to be unlike anyone else out there – and a hell of a lot of fun.

Julian Cope plays Riverside, Newcastle on Friday 17th February.

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