I had to fight it out with six other bidders on eBay to get hold of this book; a mere book of so-called punk-poetry indeed. But what a book. The first (excellent) review says it all really, I would just like to add that the art work by Steve Maguire should be praised too. It's spot on.
JCC's poems, all written in the 70s and early 80s really stand the test of time. They work for me, and I only read them for the first time last year, first on his website, and then this book. However, I'm not aware he has had any new poetry written/published since then, and more's the pity.
With performance poetry (allegedly) being in the ascendent, this book really is, dare I say, essential reading for anyone who is interested in this art form, either as a writer/performer, or a fan of the medium. It baffles me as to why this book hasn't been reprinted, in fact I think it's downright criminal. It would sell by the shed load, and deservedly so. So come on publishers, get your finger out, or are you just going to throw a million more quid at the deeply ordinary Murray Lachlan Young?
May I also recommend JCC music poetry cd's such as "Snap, Crackle and Bop" too: the added dimension of musical accompaniment really brings out the spirit of his poetry, although some tracks are more succesful than others. Worth checking out though.
I understand that JCC is still performing live. Wouldn't it would be lovely if a DVD/CD performance of his was available too?
Maybe that's too much wishful thinking..