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Ten Years in an Open Necked Shirt and other poems (An Arena Book) Paperback – Illustrated, 1983

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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow; 1st edition (1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099312409
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099312406
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 12.4 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 914,539 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) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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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. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.


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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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*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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By M. Dowden HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 17 May 2015
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I suppose to quite a few people nowadays John Cooper Clarke is just a face seen on ‘Have I Got News For You’ but in fact he is still going strong doing what he does best, his performance poetry. Coming to prominence in the Punk era Clarke has kept on going mainly because that really although his poetry can show a certain amount of anger it is done more reflectively than just off the cuff, so this brings to light an anger that can show satire and comedy.

This book starts off with a prose piece (of which there are some throughout this book) where we find out that Clarke was really born Lenny Siberia, an illegitimate child of Captain Africa who is a lard mogul, and Tracy. From this beginning even if you have never heard or read any of Clarke’s pieces before you know that this is going to be full of humour of one type or another. It is his wit that takes many forms, plus his eye for things that we may not normally think of that makes John unique giving us here a fine selection of pieces that should be found enjoyable by many people, after all this is a poet that has always been called the poet for people who don’t like poetry.

Full of word play and imagery this is an ideal time to read some of John Cooper Clarke’s work and this is a good introduction. Illustrated throughout by Steve Maguire these pictures do help bring even more life to some of the pieces here. One thing I should warn anyone coming to this poet for the first time is that he does use strong language as well as more adult themes at times, and this is reflected in some of the illustrations.
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The bloody book is bloody brill
it bloody gave me such a thrill
JCC's bloody well rehearsed
in writing bloody clever verse.
(though if he's reading this it's bloody rubbish)
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In fairness I haven't read this collection yet, I'm taking it on holiday with me to Thailand in a few weeks to read at my leisure. John Cooper Clarke is the only poet I've got any time for. He was out there doing his pioneering brand of dystopian poetry while I was floundering in a sea of indecisiveness about which direction to take in my chosen field as a writer. I love his nasal Salford twang delivered in staccato style on epics like 'Beasley Street' and 'Chicken Town.' So I'm sure that whatever's contained within the covers of this slim volume, won't let me down and, if it does, I'll write a more in depth review of it.
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