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I Wanna Be Yours: John Cooper Clarke

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Michigan. Supreme Court , Randolph Manning , George C. Gibbs , Thomas McIntyre Cooley , Elijah Wood Meddaugh , William Jennison , Hovey K. Clarke , Hoyt Post , William Dudley Fuller , Henry Allen Chaney , John Adams Brooks , James Reasoner , Marquis Eaton , Herschel Bouton Lazell , Richard W. Cooper

One of the greatest and coolest things I've always been able to tell people is that, not only do I live in the town where Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and Humpty Dumpty were written, but that the captivating individual that is John Cooper Clarke lives here. And when you happen to see him, in these very ordinary settings, it's a bit like magic. He has such a striking and inimitable presence, it's like seeing a Tim Burton character come to life. He's like Edward Scissorhand's older and more sensitive brother. Sideways glances on existence from a man who has lived a very interesting life. By all acounts JCC single handedly kept Pablo Escobar in hippos (I jest) saw Clarke present a documentary on Thomas De Quincey's Confessions of an English Opium-Eater in the BBC's second series of The Secret Life of Books. [25] He has appeared as a guest on the comedy panel show Would I Lie To You? on 14 August 2015 [26] and again on 7 January 2022. [27] Michigan. Supreme Court , Randolph Manning , George C. Gibbs , Thomas McIntyre Cooley , William Jennison , Elijah W. Meddaugh , Henry Allen Chaney , Hovey K. Clarke , Hoyt Post , William Dudley Fuller , John Adams Brooks , Marquis B. Eaton , Herschel Bouton Lazell , James M. Reasoner , Richard W. CooperI Wanna Be Yours is written in the clear, down-to-earth, witty, gritty style that make his poems sing - those familiar with his delivery, from furious pace to long-drawn out Mancunian vowels and devilish wordplay, will read with his distinctive voice in their head (I look forward to returning and listening to the audiobook read by Dr Clarke). Last year Clarke responded to an Observer reader who asked him whether he had believed he could ever stop using the drug. Short Circuit – Live At The Electric Circus [35] (1978), Virgin (various artists, features Clarke performing "(You Never See a Nipple In The) Daily Express" and "I Married a Monster From Outer Space" Lyrical Genius". Daily Record. Archived from the original on 2 July 2007 . Retrieved 20 August 2007. Alex Turner also has "John Cooper Clarke" tattooed on his arm

Michigan. Supreme Court , Randolph Manning , George C. Gibbs , Thomas McIntyre Cooley , Elijah Wood Meddaugh , William Jennison , Hovey K. Clarke , Hoyt Post , Henry Allen Chaney , William Dudley Fuller , John Adams Brooks , Marquis Eaton , Herschel Bouton Lazell , James Reasoner , Richard W. Cooper I've also had the joy of meeting him a few years ago and he is a very lovely gentleman indeed. So it was with delight I received his memoirs 'I wanna be yours' as a Birthday present from my friend. And eager to know more about this elusive figure, I dived in. Every drug addict is virtually the same person. There’s not really much point in dwelling on it. I needed money more than ever, so I had to work. The glamour was flaking off with every new job. I really felt like I was selling my sorry ass.”

In ‘Wanna Be Yours’, Clarke recounts his life from early years growing up in Salford, to dedicated follower of fashion, via failed attempts at a music career, through embryonic proto punk poetry to life as a household name, playing the London Palladium and residing in Colchester (of all places). The bard of Salford does not disappoint - except in one regard, how does he manage to stay pencil thin whilst the rest of us balloon? Just not fair

All in all a very enjoyable and entertaining insight into the life and time of the phenomenon that is Dr John Cooper Clarke - just one that could have been significantly better by virtue of being more succinct.

However, this has not sold me on autobiographies as I thought it would. Don't get me wrong, I love JCC and you could feel his dry humour throughout. There were some great sections of writing but on the whole, it felt like a bit of a slog to get through. I think this is because he details a lot of social history, particularly in Manchester in the 60s and the lists of significant people who some of us will never have heard of get tedious. I appreciate that Clarke probably feels that these details are a big part of his most formative years but I felt it could have been cut down. I remember enjoying ‘Kung Fu International’ in the’70’s and have recently seen his appearances on the comedy quiz show ‘8 out of 10 cats does countdown’, including a performance of the poem which forms the title of this book. a b c d e f g h i Strong, Martin C. (2003). The Great Indie Discography. Canongate. pp.33–34. ISBN 1-84195-335-0.

I wanted to like this book, I'm a fan of John Cooper Clarke's work and have seen him on stage a couple times and loved his shows. This book was not for me there were too many references to other muicians, which for some people would be of interest, but not me. I saw John Cooper Clarke on 8 out of 10 Cats Does Countdown and found his audio book on Libby. l am glad I got to hear the works read by the poet - it is always great knowing you are hearing the poem the way it should be read, and John Cooper-Clarks voice and accent contribute to the experience. John Cooper Clarke – punk poet, bard of Salford – has had a chequered life, from growing up in post-war austerity Britain, through hardcore drug abuse, to being a kind of national treasure. I was eagerly anticipating this and got it within a few hours of release; went for the audiobook version because JCC has one of the most characterful and listenable voices in showbusiness. Felt wrong listening to it at my usual 1.5 speed so I set it at normal pace and 15 hours in John's company later I'm going to start again at the beginning.That early section is a fascinating look at popular culture of the 40s, 50s and 60s in some ways. But in other ways, it feels like a different book from what follows... A portrait of the artist as a young, and then middle aged, drug addict (the sections of the book I found most interesting). The final quarter is rather like a ship sailing from tumultuous waters into a welcoming harbour, as JCC talks about meeting his French wife Evie and his life of domesticity in Colchester with her and their daughter Stella. He's clearly proud as punch that his work is now on the GCSE English syllabus and has influenced the likes of Ben Drew and The Arctic Monkeys, bringing his work to a new audience. It felt like half of the book was about his heroin addiction and his sourcing the drug and how he took it or what the effects of it were like. I know the book is an autobography and this is what his life was like for around twenty years, but I found it depressing to read. Again that probably is not the books fault but not what I want to spend so much time reading.

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