Book Event


John Cooper Clarke: The Punk Poet

I Wanna Be Yours

Introduced by John Kennedy

Sat 18th September 2021, 8-9pm

Baillie Gifford Tent


‘Mad anecdotes & whimsical gags abound, but wisdom often lurks beneath the wordplay.’ The Guardian

John Cooper Clarke, also known as the Bard of Salford, is a phenomenon: Poet Laureate of Punk, rock star, fashion icon, TV and radio presenter, social and cultural commentator – he’s one of Britain’s most beloved and influential writers and performers.

Dr. John Cooper Clarke will be joined on our Baillie Gifford stage by his road manager, author, and friend, Johnny Green. The two will be discussing John Cooper Clarke’s recent best-selling autobiography I Wanna Be Yours, his poetry, life on the road, and everything else in between.

Interspersed with stories of his rock and roll and performing career, John also reveals his mind-boggling encyclopaedic take on popular culture over the centuries: from Baudelaire and Edgar Allan Poe, to Pop Art, pop music, the movies, fashion, football and show business – with more than a few laughs along the way. Don't miss this unique one-off by two giants of the UK's cultural scene.

Johnny Green has a degree in Arabic and Islamic Studies from Lancaster University. After spending five years on the road with The Clash he left the music business and has written a number of books. He is a good friend and tour manager of Dr John Cooper Clarke.

A copy of I Wanna Be Yours is included per pair of tickets (Pb: £9.99)

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