Salfordian 'Punk Poet' John Cooper Clarke will receive a doctorate of arts, in recognition of a career which has spanned five decades, bringing poetry to non-traditional audiences and influencing musicians and comedians such as the Arctic Monkeys, Jarvis Cocker, Steve Coogan and Bill Bailey.
Born in Salford in 1949, John became interested in the Mod scene in his teenage years and worked in a range of jobs, including as a laboratory technician at Salford Technical Institute which later merged with the University. After living in Dorset for a few years, he returned to Manchester and began to seriously consider life as a poet, performing at tough pubs and clubs around the city.
His bitingly satirical and political verse, delivered in a hard-hitting, rapid-fire style, chimed with the punk and new wave movements of the late 70s. After touring with bands including the Sex Pistols, The Clash, The Fall and Elvis Costello, John began to play to large crowds in his own right.
Also known as 'the Bard of Salford', John released a collection of poetry and words entitled Ten Years in an Open Necked Shirt in 1979, which became one of the best-selling poetry books of the 1980s, along with four LPs and many singles.
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