Legendary UK punk poet John Cooper Clark comes to NZ
Legendary UK punk poet
John Cooper Clarke
The people’s poet - British legend Dr. John Cooper Clarke will perform four New Zealand shows in April.
Tour and ticket details – John Cooper Clarke with special guest Andrew Fagan:
Sat April 21: Crystal Palace, Mt Eden
(Tickets at UTR.co.nz)
Sun April 22: The Vic, Devonport (UTR.co.nz and TheVic.co.nz)
Mon April 23: St Peters on Willis, Wellington (UTR.co.nz)
Tues April 24: The Piano, Christchurch (UTR.co.nz)
Tickets for all four shows are available immediately from UTR.co.nz
John Cooper Clarke has spanned cultures, audiences, art forms and continents.
Today he is as relevant and vibrant as ever; his poetry and performance is in school syllabus’ worldwide, his effect on pop culture and music is profound, and his trademark ‘look’ continues to resonate with fashionistas
His influence can be heard within the keen social observations of the Arctic Monkeys and Plan B. Both of these collaborations resulted in number 1 albums. The Arctic Monkeys put one of John's best loved poems, I Wanna Be Yours, to music on their critically acclaimed A:M Album.
His 2018 world tour – including these New Zealand shows – is a mix of classic verse, extraordinary new material, hilarious ponderings on modern life, good honest gags, riffs and chat.
This is a chance to witness a living legend at the top of this game.
Opening the bill is special guest - and local writer, sailor and musician - Andrew Fagan, blasting out material from his 2018 poetry collection (including poems from the Overnight Downpour, Salt Rhythms, and Serious Latitudes volumes).
Fagan was lead singer for Wellington punk band The Ambitious Vegetablesformed in ’78. He continues to write and show-off - whether it be on stage with his bands Fagan & The People, and The Mockers, or with pen in hand through is poety and sailing books.
More information about the tour is available at plus1.co.nz
What they say about John Cooper Clarke:
Sir Paul McCartney: “John Cooper Clarke is one of Britain’s outstanding poets. His anarchic punk poetry has thrilled people for decades. Long may his slender frame and spiky top produce words and deeds that keep us on our toes and alive to the wonders of the world.”
Alex Turner – Arctic Monkeys:
"My first encounter with Dr Clarke …I was captivated by his character and his ability to draw colourful and evocative language out of unlikely corners. That figure in the distance behind the microphone brandishing his plastic carrier bag of notebooks was, and still is, nothing short of dazzling.”
Kate Moss: "John Cooper Clarke uses words like Chuck Berry uses guitar riffs melody and anger, humour and disdain in equal measure. He's the real deal, really funny and really caustic, the velvet voice of discontent."
More raves and reviews on John are here: http://johncooperclarke.com/bio
John Cooper Clarke
There exists a punk rock film about a punk rock icon. A documentary which records and the celebrates the life and works of 'punk poet' John Cooper Clarke, looking at his life as a poet, a comedian and a recording artist, and revealing how he has remained a significant influence on contemporary culture over four decades, both underground and mainstream. A little snippet here...