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This is a memoir as wry, funny, moving and vivid as only the inimitable John Cooper Clarke could deliver. His book will be a joy for both lifelong fans and for a whole new generation.

John Cooper Clarke is a phenomenon: Poet Laureate of Punk, rock star, fashion icon, TV and radio presenter, social and cultural commentator. At 5 feet 11 inches (32in chest, 27in waist), in trademark dark glasses, tailored suit, shock of black hair and mouth full of gold teeth, he is instantly recognizable. As a writer his voice is equally unmistakable and his own brand of sick humour is never far from the surface.

I Wanna Be Yours covers an extraordinary life, filled with remarkable personalities: from Nico to Chuck Berry; Bernard Manning to Linton Kwesi Johnson; Elvis Costello to Gregory Corso; Mark E. Smith to Gil Scott Heron and Joe Strummer and on to more recent fans and collaborators like Alex Turner, Plan B and Guy Garvey. 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 showbusiness – with more than a few laughs along the way.

Book Information

  • ISBN: 9781509896103
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pub Date: 24/11/2020
  • Category: Biography & True Stories / Autobiography: arts & entertainment
    Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Merseyside
    Biography & True Stories / Memoirs
  • Imprint: Picador
  • Pages: 320
  • Price: $44.99

This is a memoir as wry, funny, moving and vivid as only the inimitable John Cooper Clarke could deliver. His book will be a joy for both lifelong fans and for a whole new generation.

John Cooper Clarke is a phenomenon: Poet Laureate of Punk, rock star, fashion icon, TV and radio presenter, social and cultural commentator. At 5 feet 11 inches (32in chest, 27in waist), in trademark dark glasses, tailored suit, shock of black hair and mouth full of gold teeth, he is instantly recognizable. As a writer his voice is equally unmistakable and his own brand of sick humour is never far from the surface.

I Wanna Be Yours covers an extraordinary life, filled with remarkable personalities: from Nico to Chuck Berry; Bernard Manning to Linton Kwesi Johnson; Elvis Costello to Gregory Corso; Mark E. Smith to Gil Scott Heron and Joe Strummer and on to more recent fans and collaborators like Alex Turner, Plan B and Guy Garvey. 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 showbusiness – with more than a few laughs along the way.

Author Information

John Cooper Clarke shot to prominence in the 1970s as the original ‘people’s poet’. Since then his career has spanned cultures, audiences, art forms and continents. Today, 'JCC' is as relevant and vibrant as ever, and his influence just as visible on today’s pop culture. Aside from his trademark ‘look’ continuing to resonate with fashionistas young and old, and his poetry included on the national curriculum syllabus, his effect on modern music is huge.

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