John Cooper Clarke, Tom Rhodes

John Cooper Clarke, Tom Rhodes

Photo by Paul Wolfgang Webster John Cooper Clarke


Past Event

Location Info:

The Hotel Cafe
1623 1/2 N. Cahuenga Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA  90028
Reading poetry onstage in front of impatient punk rockers on late-’70s bills in England with Joy Division, The Fall and the Sex Pistols, John Cooper Clarke learned early on how to keep an audience’s attention not with sound and fury but with the cutting precision of his words. There’s always been a musical element to his urgently rhythmic cadences, and the good doctor (he was awarded an honorary doctorate of arts by the University of Salford in 2013) has collaborated with The Stranglers’ Hugh Cornwell and has had his poems translated into songs with British supergroup The Invisible Girls, which included such luminaries as Pete Shelley, Bill Nelson and Martin Hannett. Apart from last-second, barely advertised hit-and-run appearances at La Cita and the Echoplex in 2014, Clarke has never performed a full set in L.A.
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