John Cooper Clarke releases Anthologia
Bard of Salford's first anthology is a three CD/DVD box set
This article is from 2015.
Not content with his status as legendary punk poet, Plan B/Arctic Monkeys collaborator and muse and now bona fide Doctor, John Cooper Clarke's first compilation – Anthologia – will be released on Fri 16 Oct.
Spanning three CD/DVDs, the box set is a keepsake of his greatest hits – 'Beasley Street', 'Evidently Chickentown', 'I Wanna be Yours' – with throwbacks to John Peel sessions and shout-outs to his northern soul through live performances at Hulme Playhouse and The Manchester Ritz.
His drawling laconicism as much of a trademark as his heaven-high hair and skinny suits, he remains a unique figure on the performance poetry scene, even as the genre continues its rise in popularity. He's featured in Plan B's 'Pity the Plight' and Arctic Monkeys covered 'I Wanna be Yours'. When we spoke to him in 2013, he conceded that this connection is the inevitable outcome of being included in the GCSE curriculum: 'that generation of people did my work at school, so that did me a lot of good'. School or no school, his demographic remains somewhere in the 16-60 area, thanks to poetry that reflects and relates, whether it's dark nostalgia, plaintive love letters or a commentary on an unhinged modern society.
Here are some of our favourite examples of JCC's talents, and a little of what to expect from the upcoming box set.