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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage (20 Sept. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099583763
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099583769
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 0.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,269 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The godfather of British performance poetry" (Daily Telegraph)

"Smart, rude and angry" (Simon Hattenstone Guardian)

"There are a legion of new young poets who rightly pay homage to Cooper Clarke" (Julian Hall Independent)

"A poet who writes about darkness and decay but makes people laugh, a human cartoon, a gentleman punk, a man who has stayed exactly the same for thirty years but never grown stale. John Cooper Clarke is an original" (Claire Smith Scotsman)

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Reissued for the first time in over 25 years, the Bard of Salford is back in this seminal work of punk poetry.

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S on 25 July 2006
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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 ascendant, 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 cds 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 successful 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..
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Pagan Ronnie on 10 April 2009
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*NEW EDITION UPDATE: 15.10.2012*

Well this wondrous book has finally just been re-released but what a DISAPPOINTMENT!
They've printed it on non-white low quality recycled paper (at least that's what it looks like) and as a result what were ABSOLUTELY STUNNING ILLUSTRATIONS are ruined: their definition and contrast is lessened by A GREAT DEGREE.
I also have a copy of the 1st Edition (4th re-printing 1987) by Arena and it's just SO MUCH BETTER printed on WHITE paper & that's a 25 year old book! Even the poems are easier to read on the 'white' paper of the Arena version as opposed to this new ruination on the 'Vintage' label.
What a darn shame that's all I can say - A DARN SHAME!

Original edition review:
This is one of my TOP TEN BOOKS OF ALL TIME! Truly FANTASTIC! So many, many, many SUPERB poems and stunning illustrations, by STEVE MAGUIRE, together make this book a major classic of the highest possible quality. No-one comes close to JCC's poetry in my opinion. The razor sharp wry wit & clever use of rhyme and non-rhyme is just pure genius. Shame they can't re-issue this book though because it is so sought after that the price it fetches on the second hand market puts it out of many peoples reach. (Just see the prices it sells for on here and other well known auction sites). Come on publishers - there's HUGE demand for this book - you'd be onto a guaranteed winner!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rdbarlow on 12 Feb. 2014
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This book enables me to recite J.C.C's poetry in an awful Mancunian accent, whilst having a dump. I should be able to do a better accent, having grown up there, but nature's played a trick on me.
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I bought this book during it's initial release in 1983 and loved all of the poems. Then, after a number of changes of address, I lost my copy and have been looking for another copy ever since. The search proved fruitless until now that "Ten Years in an Open Necked Shirt" has been re-released.

This is a collection of John Cooper Clarke's idiomatic poetry. JCC was the foremost poet of the original Punk movement of the late 70s.

This is nothing like the poetry that you were forced to read in school, if schools taught these poems more people would love poetry, but be warned, these poems are not suitable for a younger audience.

Clarke covers many different subjects and moods, ranging from the delightfully silly "you never see a nipple in the daily express" to the bleak "beazley street" and covers many diverse subjects such as: racism, poverty, capital punishment, love, hate, sex, exercise, etc.

With this book you also get the totally fictitious autobiography of the Bard of Salford.
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Cooper Clarke's poetry isn't refined, isn't pretty, isn't really appropriate to quote in public...

What it is, is powerful verse that spits discontent at you in a violent torrent of disillusionment and dissatisfaction.

If you're thinking dabbling in a bit ofJCC, I'd highly recommend watching a few of his performances first; perhaps listen and follow along in the book. His delivery will bring a deeper level of meaning to the words and make the poetry all the more enjoyable.

This isn't Wordsworth: it's better.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By fatash on 19 Nov. 2013
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it's the best pop in book ive ever had a couple of minutes and you can read one poem and change the mood your in as he is that good
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. B. Carter on 14 Jun. 2013
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John Cooper Clarke is a complete and utter genius and he totally shows this in this lovely, well-illustrated book yah.
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19 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 Jan. 2005
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Wow! John Cooper Clarke defies pigeonholing and is unlike any poet you will ever read. A punk before punk, an alternative comedian before alternative comedy and cool poetry before the word cool existed. His urbane style is fast paced, mainly due to its very restrictive metre and rhyme scheme, but his choice of subject matter, skill for parody and passion for language set him apart from other "funny" poets such as Roger McGough. He is ultimately modern, but his style most resembles the Augustine man of letters, Alexander Pope. However, he goes beyond Pope by offering what is at once a brilliant evocation of the rhythm and humour of real life and also a wonderful glimpse into the life of this die-hard punk. I have seen John Cooper Clarke live and you cannot enjoy his poetry unless you see him thus, but if you don't have the opportunity: imagine a gangly punk in leggings standing there, sounding slightly drunk and fast-pacing his way through his hilarious poetry, as well as other moments of comedy. If you really love this book, then please contact the publishers and try to get it back in print (where it belongs).
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