John Cooper Clarke
Does visiting the British Coastline give you a poetic tickle? The National Trust is inviting the public to help it celebrate
I was pleased to be among the few hundred people that gathered in the Camden Centre for Stand Up and Spit: The Big One, which
Brand has not all the answers, nor does he claim to, but he has heart, sense, influence, and energy. Brand has re-Branded himself, and now he is re-Branding politics and activism, then selling it to young people so they will understand better that their society and its future is in their hands
I explained to them that I actually understand and agree that many of the people on whose behalf Amnesty work are probably guilty. Guilty of insulting the president, guilty of being gay, guilty of standing up for women's rights. I explained that it's often repressive laws that puts many of the people on whose behalf Amnesty work behind bars.
The evening was planned as a retrospective of the album that changed everything for British music. Never Mind The B******* sprang angrily into life in 1977, an original musical work that openly criticised a culturally cobwebbed United Kingdom. But the organisers do not get politeness this evening. Instead they get cat calls and verbal threats.
It's been a big week for John Cooper Clarke. After a fantastic interview with the Guardian, the punk poet from Salford starred