John Cooper Clarke

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John Cooper Clarke: ‘I draw the line at flapjack, falafel and tripe’
The poet relates tales of his childhood, run-ins with Bernard Manning – and explains why he wishes Ken Loach would lighten up

Tim Adams

19, Sep, 2021 @11:00 AM

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Carry On Coronavirus: why a vaccine trial has saucy potential | Tim Adams
Their counterparts in the Common Cold Unit found ways to flirt despite the social distancing measures they lived under

Tim Adams

25, Oct, 2020 @7:30 AM

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I Wanna Be Yours by John Cooper Clarke review – chapter and verse
This riveting memoir of the Salford dandy’s ascent to national treasuredom charms with tales of heroin and Sugar Puffs

Anthony Quinn

11, Oct, 2020 @6:00 AM

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I Wanna Be Yours by John Cooper Clarke review - wry and dry
The ‘bargain-basement Baudelaire’ looks back at his life with an unflinching gaze, plus plenty of gags and mad anecdotes

Fiona Sturges

07, Oct, 2020 @11:00 AM

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John Cooper Clarke: ‘I’ve dressed the same way since 1965’
The poet and performer on keeping his clothes simple, stapling them back together, and being fashionable once every 15 years for about three months

As told to Leah Harper

28, Jan, 2020 @12:37 PM

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In praise of John Cooper Clarke, our real poet laureate | Suzanne Moore
His recent appearance on Desert Island Discs was a magnificent reminder of his huge talent, kind heart and sparkling wit, says Suzanne Moore

Suzanne Moore

22, Jul, 2019 @3:29 PM

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John Cooper Clarke: ‘I didn’t want to quit heroin’
While conceding the drug was ‘fabulous the first time’, the veteran performer has one overwhelming message: don’t do it

Tiernan Phipps

21, Jul, 2019 @8:03 AM

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John Cooper Clarke: ‘Only eat at the table. And don't watch TV while eating’
The poet and performer on his dad’s sandwiches, the iniquity of snacking and disappointing Dutch food

John Hind

16, Mar, 2019 @6:00 PM

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John Cooper Clarke: 'My trousers? River Island or M&S. The skinniest they do'
The poet-performer talks to Tim Adams about his new book and tour and, further down, answers questions from readers and famous fans

Tim Adams

28, Oct, 2018 @9:30 AM

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Send us your questions for John Cooper Clarke...
Got something to ask the original punk poet? Here’s your chance, ahead of the release of The Luckiest Guy Alive, his first poetry collection in 30 years

The Observer

03, Oct, 2018 @5:30 AM

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John Cooper Clarke: ‘The last time I did exercise was in rehab in the 1980s’
The 69-year-old performance poet on not owning a mobile phone, going to bed at 5am and why he hates badminton

 Rosanna Greenstreet

10, Feb, 2018 @8:00 AM

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Readers recommend playlist: songs about fads and crazes
Short-lived dances and fashion gimmicks run through your suggestions this week – James Brown, Roxy Music and Sonic Youth all making an appearance

Guardian music

06, Jul, 2017 @11:00 AM

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