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CLIP 9390

John Cooper Clarke Performs 'Beasley Street' and 'Beaseley Boulevard'

John Cooper Clarke Performs 'Beasley Street' and 'Beaseley Boulevard'
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Key Info
  • John Cooper Clarke Performs 'Beasley Street' and 'Beaseley Boulevard'
  • Duration: 03:01
  • Performance poet John Cooper Clarke recites an extract from 'Beasley Street', a poem about his local neighbourhood in Salford, Lancashire. The area has since been subject to an urban regeneration project, and Cooper Clarke goes on to perform an update to the original poem to reflect this change - 'Beasley Boulevard'. This clip was first published on the Culture Show Archive: bbc.co.uk/cultureshow/archive.shtml. Please note this clip is only available in Flash.
  • Subject:

    English

       Topic:

    Poetry: Late 20th Century and Contemporary

  • Keywords: punk, performance, recital, urban, society, rhyme, rhythm, beasley boulevard, beasley street
Ideas for use in class
  • For help in looking at any of John Cooper Clarke's poetry and how they are performed. Students could watch this and then try to imitate his style by reading another of his poems.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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