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Dr John Cooper Clarke: Celebrating 50 Years in Showbiz

With special guests Mike Garry, Toria Garbutt and Joseph Roberts

Age guidance: 16+ only.
16 and 17 year olds must be accompanied by an adult.
This show will contain strong language and adult humour. 

John Cooper Clarke returns to Liverpool Philharmonic Hall! Experience 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.

John Cooper Clarke shot to prominence in the 1970s as the original ‘people’s poet’. His unique poetry was put to music by producer Martin Hannett and a band of Mancunians The Invisible Girls. Seminal tracks such as 'Beasley St' and 'Evidently Chickentown' featured on the album Snap Crackle and Bop, one of his four hit album releases between the 1970s and 1980s. Clarke became one of the most prolific artists of the Punk years.

His 1980s poetry collection 10 Years in An Open Necked Shirt featuring the lyrics to classic tracks from his albums and more, is one of the UK's biggest selling poetry collections of all time.

Since then his career has spanned cultures, audiences, art forms and continents. Today he performs purely as a stand up solo poet. His unique poetry show has been touring worldwide for over 15 years.

John's 2018 poetry collection The Luckiest Guy Alive features 30 new poems, including the favourites; 'I've Fallen In Love With My Wife' and 'Get Back on Drugs you Fat F***'.

Dr John Cooper Clarke's 2019 autobiography, named after his most famous poem I Wanna Be Yours, (Macmillan), is a groundbreaking piece of literature. Clarke goes into fascinating detail about his early life in Manchester leading up to punk superstardom, drug addiction and then the massive comeback as major poet he enjoys today.

“One of Britain’s outstanding poets” – Sir Paul McCartney

Fantastically entertaining. As a writer of comic prose Clarke is the match of anyone alive, and his turns of phrase are as sharp as his suits”  – The Times

“An immensely entertaining memoir that fizzes with wit...It’s impossible not to hear him read every word aloud in your head with that unforgettable Manc drawl”  – NME

“Riveting” – The Observer


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