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Verbal Riddim

‘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.


Health Fanatic

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.