Ten Years in an Open Necked Shirt

Ten Years in an Open Necked Shirt Out of print for years John Cooper Clarke s only printed collection of poetry has been reissued so that new generations will have a chance to experience his work

Out of print for years, John Cooper Clarke s only printed collection of poetry has been reissued so that new generations will have a chance to experience his work.

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  1. John Cooper Clarke born 25 January 1949 is an English performance poet who first became famous during the punk rock era of the late 1970s when he became known as a punk poet He released several albums in the late 1970s and early 1980s, and continues to perform regularly.

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  1. the boys are on the wagonthe girls are on the shelftheir common problemis that they re not someone elseJohn Cooper Clarke is an English a Northern English performance poet, notably popular during the punk years of the late 70s and early 80s Primarily, he focuses on performance of poetry with musical backing having achieved a UK Top 40 single and his poetry has rarely been seen written down, except by his own eyes when he reads them out on 8 out of 10 Cats does Countdown.Poetry is the ultimate of [...]


  2. This is the first book I ve read by JCC and I guess you gotta see him perform to really get the feel of his poems, to me on this first reading they all feel a bit simple, I was expecting something cheeky punk.The intro is brilliant, a little bit about JCC s life and about how he was brought up Could have been written by Dali A lot of poets watch people and write what they see, JCC does this, but what he sees is not what anybody else would see, I hope that is his intention and he isn t writing l [...]


  3. I m not really a huge poetry fan, but over the years I ve listened to John Cooper Clarke on the radio and on TV I ve always enjoyed his lyricism, his ability to have a pop at the status quo whilst rhyming words that don t necessarily rhyme and of course his amazing hair o.This is a sort of humorous autobiography slash collection of his most repeated and recognisable poems and in that respect it works as a great starting point for anyone interested in poetry with bite.JCC has garnered a unique pe [...]


  4. NSFW, or indeed for kids, though they might get the most out of the Bard of Salford Watch along with Youtube for best results I particularly enjoyed the one upmanship of insults in Love Story Told In Reverse.




  5. When I was 15, I was pretty certain that poetry just wasn t for me I could see why others liked it, but nothing I d read so far really seemed to be speaking to me And then, hidden away on a punk mix tape I was at least 15 years out to have actually been there , I stumbled across Kung Fu International.Poetry was no longer just the province of long dead men in cravats contemplating the nature of love, but of men in drain pipes, contemplating the nature of getting your head kicked in in a phone box [...]



  6. John Cooper Clarke is one of the greatest performance poets alive to today.One time junkie, superb raconteur, brilliantly funny and a great guy.Had the pleasure of working with him and spending evenings talking, and sharing tales of rock and roll excesses.A genius.This is I think out of print, but if you ca get hold of a copy, it has some of his greatest poemsBetter still go see him perform them live He does do occasional shows, and it s a treat.



  7. Magnificent I only recently got into JCC s work through his three albums from the late 70s and early 80s but this book seemed to have been out of print for decades.Reading these poems with the music most but not all of these poems were used on the albums mentioned above is a wonderful experiece they re funny, angry, sad and about a dozen other emotions sometimes in the same poem Several were new to me I must not go down to the sea again is one such and, like the others I already knew, did not di [...]


  8. Right guys, John Cooper Clarke is incredible.Ten Years is the only collection of his works that was ever printed, but it stands as a landmark for both punk and poetry in the 1980s His words, his rhythm and his method of rhyming is simultaneously curious and faultless The poems are surreal, yet highlight the dissolution and collapse of culture in Britain His works are an acquired taste, but I ve been in love with him ever since I first heard him read Evidently Chickentown They are all definitely [...]


  9. Love John Cooper Clarke s poetry, but I think you ve gotta listen to him perform a few of his poems to get used to his style and lack of punctuation before you read him And to get an idea of his voice in your head so you can read them in it, seeing as he writes poetry to be performed rather than read flat off the page Favourite poems from this collection are definitely Evidently Chicken Town, A Love Story in Reverse, and Kung Fu International


  10. I found this book in a pile of remainders Oh joy I have always liked JCC s poetry but usually I have listened to him on CD rather than read his work now I have my own copy Anyone who can rhyme ransacked and dhansaked gets my vote of approval.Note to the faint hearted its a bit swearyMy fave is twat You ve got this slippery quality it makes me think of phlegm and a dual personality I hate both of them cyberspike clarke twat


  11. The quality of this re print is a bit shoddy Steve Maguire s excellent artwork is poorly reproduced on super cheap paper Still, you can t deny the quality of JCC s work, and some of his very best are gathered in this small volume Definitely recommended, then, but try and pick up a 2nd hand copy of the earlier edition if you can


  12. Up there with the greats as an influential and unflinching poet who was and still is in touch with the working class and knew the truth about Broken Britain These poems are laugh out loud, some disturbing, some scarily accurate but all are told through JCC s scintillating wit and wry, sharp edge Great to dip into now and then for a hearty guffaw.


  13. Overall, a bit of a mixed bag, this book There are some really great, classic JCC poems here, but there are some others that for me were just okay Fortunately there is enough good stuff to make it a worthwhile purchase or gift I m glad I ve got it, and I ll doubtless go back to it time and again for some quick reads.4 Stars is probably a touch high like 3.6 or 3.7 ish.


  14. Interesting rather than great Poetry for me is meant to be GREAT, the best possible, and this is just OK it rhymes, they are about some interesting things, and it doesn t amount to much More like lyrics.



  15. lots of fun to read aloud in an over the top mancunian accent personal favourites are majorcakung fu international i married a monster from outer spacenothingevidently chicken townbeezley streetsuspended sentenceconditional discharge


  16. Reminds me of when I visited the Salvador Dali museum Barcelona 16 I didn t appreciate what I was looking at so I thought it was very random and bizarre I feel the same about this poetry It Is random and bizarre but I don t feel experienced enough to appraise properly what I would say is there is some good use of metre and rhyme yet some forced rhymes and some just plain odd collections of words There are elements that s are crude and there are I few I wonder what they were supposed to be about [...]


  17. John Cooper Clarke cuts an unlikely figure on my poetry shelf, along side Eliot, Larkin, Hughes and the rest Yet he belongs there absolutely, a brilliant chronicler of life, love and nipples in the Daily Express Or lack of them A slim volume but full of nourishment.


  18. Im not very big into poetry, but this beautiful genius man has shown me a new side His bold and outrageous language brings humour and intellect I highly recommend anyone ready this book, if you like poetry or not Its a great read John cooper clark legend


  19. A really great, memorable collection of poetry John Cooper Clarke, fantastic poet Love his writing, as a reader of poetry it s a great challenge to find such talent a talent that leaves a permanent mark in your heart and in your soul Fantastic writing.


  20. I like Clarke, I ve seen him live We requested Love Story in Reverse by screaming twat at the stage This book, then, reads like an album by a band I ve downloaded a few songs of My only qualm s the same line at the end of a stanza thing.


  21. , I have been a fan of Dr Cooper Clarke for the past couple of years and found this in a local book shop I loved the poems and love how his voice is so distinctive and funny It s a huge joy to see him live and go watch him here





  22. Love Song in Reverse is possibly my new favourite piece of poetry I enjoyed reading these aloud to myself as only then could I appreciate the cadences of the language choices


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