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John Cooper Clarke

John Cooper Clarke

Manchester-based poet, AKA "The Bard of Salford" - active since 1976, and whose poetry is sometimes set to music, initially provided by The Invisible Girls (which featured Steve Hopkins and Martin Hannett)

During the late 70s / early 80s he produced five albums (plus a compilation) that featured his most popular works, including "Kung Fu International", "Majorca", "The Day My Pad Went Mad", "Midnight Shift" and "Twat". In 2015 the box-set Anthologia was released, rounding up his early output with new unheard works.

He published a book of works in 1983, "Ten Years In An Open-Necked Shirt" (re-published in 2012) as well as appearing on the b'side of the Reverend & The Makers single "Heavyweight Champion Of The World" (on "Last Resort") in 2007.

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