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  • Published: 15 November 2013
  • ISBN: 9780099583769
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 112
  • RRP: $19.99

Ten Years in an Open Necked Shirt


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Reissued for the first time in over 25 years, the Bard of Salford is back in this seminal work of punk poetry.

‘Yes, it was be there or be square as, clad in the slum chic of the hipster, he issued the slang anthems of the zip age in the desperate esperanto of the bop. John Cooper Clarke: the name behind the hairstyle, the words walk in the grooves hacking through the hi-fi paradise of true luxury’

Punk. Poet. Pioneer. The Bard of Salford’s seminal collection is as scabrous, wry & vivid now as it was when first published over 25 years ago.

‘The godfather of British performance poetry’
Daily Telegraph

  • Pub date: 15 November 2013
  • ISBN: 9780099583769
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 112
  • RRP: $19.99

Praise for Ten Years in an Open Necked Shirt

“The godfather of British performance poetry”

Daily Telegraph

“Smart, rude and angry”

Simon Hattenstone, Guardian

“There are a legion of new young poets who rightly pay homage to Cooper Clarke”

Julian Hall, Independent

“A poet who writes about darkness and decay but makes people laugh, a human cartoon, a gentleman punk, a man who has stayed exactly the same for thirty years but never grown stale. John Cooper Clarke is an original”

Claire Smith, Scotsman


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