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John Cooper Clarke

Submitted by Robin Blackburn John Cooper-Clarke came to prominence during the punk explosion in late 1970s Manchester. More a poet than a musician, Cooper-Clarke became known for reading his poems in support slots for various punk groups. He released half a dozen albums in the late 70s and early 80s, often with musical backing from the Invisible Girls, who included producer Martin Hannett. A selection of poems was also published as ‘Ten Years in an Open Necked Shirt’. The late 80s saw Cooper-Clark living with Nico, and struggling with heroin addiction, which he eventually overcame. Bizarrely, around this time, he also made a number of appearances in TV adverts for Sugar Puffs! In recent years, Cooper-Clarke has returned to writing and live performance, mixing more comedy in with his poems.