John Cooper Clarke: Snap, Crackle and Bop

Prof. Ben Kelly RDI, Chair of Interior and Spatial Design in conversation with John Cooper Clarke (17 Feb 16)

With 2016 being the 40th anniversary of the beginning of Punk Rock in the UK. This talk gave Ben Kelly an opportunity to share thoughts and coincidences with legendary performance punk poet John Cooper Clarke. 
Popular culture, poetry, music and design were all subjects for discussion and John Cooper Clarke recited a selection of his poems during the evening’s conversation held at London College of Communication.
John Cooper Clarke (JCC) - Britain’s best loved and most important performance poet. John is as vital now as he was in the 70s; His biting, satirical, political and very funny verse, delivered in a unique rapid-fire performance style, resonated with the punk movement. JCC toured with all the seminal bands; The Sex Pistols, The Clash & Buzzcocks, and in the USA with Elvis Costello. He began to draw large crowds in his own right. Joy Division were proud to frequently support JCC and New Order later opened for him on their first Australian tour.
A figurehead for the movement and all that it encompassed. He found himself as one of the leading voices of punk and youth culture of the late 70s. He became known as the “Punk Poet” or “The Bard of Salford”.