‘What poets like Benjamin, Attila the Stockbroker, Seething Wells, John Cooper Clarke and Linton Kwesi Johnson have done is to demystify poetry and to make it relevant to those people who are likely to listen.’
Benjamin Zephaniah in a decent interview with Soundmaker, 22 January, 1983.
Penny Reel reviews Gil Scott Heron live in the NME, 24 March, 1984.
The excruciating Paula Yates had a gossip column called ‘The Natural Blonde’ in the Record Mirror running from 1979. The lad John Cooper Clarke gets a mention in February 9, 1980.
Lapsed catholic John Cooper Clarke is another boy who’s injured himself this week (all these bum lifts and hernias, where’s all the drugs and sin?) John broke his ankle while he was getting off a train being rather myopic and misjudged the distance and clambered into mid air. His mind was obviously on a higher, nobler plane than the other commuters.
Zig Zag, September, 1984 lists the skinhead zine Stand Up and Spit and Swift Nicks’s New Youth.
This 1984 documentary focuses on John Cooper Clarke and also includes Seething Wells, Linton Kwesi Johnson, and Attila the Stockbroker (I’m in the crowd).
The film is from 1984 and was made by Nick May.
An Apples and Snakes gig, complete with ‘outraged feminist harangue’, at the Captain’s Cabin reviewed in the Poetry Review, Vol 74 Number 2, from 1984.
Clarkey along with Gang of Four, Steel Pulse, the Mekons, and Au Pairs gigging for the Urgh! A Music War film, from the NME, 27 September, 1980.