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John Cooper Clarke guests

Punk Poet Laureate Dr John Cooper Clarke joins Jools for an evening of wit and repartee, including a live performance with Hugh Cornwell, Jools and the band.

Punk Poet Laureate Dr John Cooper Clarke joins Jools for an evening of wit and repartee, including a live performance with Hugh Cornwell, Jools and the band and a selection of top tunes from the good Doctor's portmanteau.

John Cooper Clarke shot to prominence in the 1970s as the original 'people's poet'.

Since then his career has spanned cultures, audiences, art forms and continents.

Today, JCC is as relevant and vibrant as ever, and his influence just as visible on today's pop culture. Aside from his trademark 'look' continuing to resonate with fashionistas young and old, and his poetry included on national curriculum syllabus, his effect on modern music is huge.

His influence can be heard within the keen social observations of the Arctic Monkeys and Plan B. These collaborations mean that John has been involved in 2 global number 1 albums in the last 2 years - with The Arctic Monkeys putting one of John's best loved poems, I Wanna Be Yours, to music on their critically acclaimed A:M Album.

57 minutes

Music Played

  • Jools Holland & his rhythm and Blues band

    Opening Boogie

  • Professor Longhair

    If I Only Knew

    • The Classic Blues Collection.
    • 1.
  • C.W. Stoneking

    How Long

    • Gon' Boogaloo.
    • KingHokum Records.
    • 1.
  • Aretha Franklin

    I'm Sitting On Top Of The World

    • The Queen Of Soul.
    • Not Now Music.
    • 8.
  • Eric Clapton

    I'll Be Alright

    • I Still Do.
    • Polydor Records.
    • 10.
  • Willie Hobbs

    You Don't Know what you Got ( Until You Lose It)

    • Some Kinda Magic-The Songs of Jerry Ross.
    • Ace Records Ltd.
    • 7.
  • Corinne Bailey Rae

    Caramel

    • The Heart Speaks In Whispers.
    • Virgin Records.
    • 9.
  • Dr John Cooper Clarke & Hugh Cornwell

    Spanish Harlem

    • This Time It's Personal.
    • Sony Music.
    • 3.
  • Frank Sinatra

    Don't Worry 'Bout Me

    • Frank Sinatra Disc 1-4.
    • Capitol.
    • 11.
  • John Cooper Clarke, Hugh Cornwell & Jools Holland & Band

    Way Down Yonder In New Orleans

  • Dr John Cooper Clarke & Hugh Cornwell

    Donna

    • This Time It's Personal.
    • Sony Music.
    • 7.

Broadcast

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