Squeeze Well on an autumn’s Saturday evening you can always curl up in front of the tele and be ‘tempted’ to watch The Doctor. Well tonight, it’s a twist on the theme as we head to Symphony Hall to see The Doctor of poetry, and those with a lyrical disposition to indeed be ‘Tempted’. Welcome Birmingham to Dr John Cooper Clarke, our literary accompaniment to Squeeze.


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John Cooper Clarke Tonight we’re at the beautiful Town Hall in Birmingham, to see a full on punk-rock gig, with a twist. There is no music, no musicians, no instruments, it is the words that are the lyrics and the melody. Tonight we’re here for rock with words, the punk god-father of the satirical, the political and the scathing courtesy of Doctor John Cooper Clarke.


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Festival No.6 Portmeirion, home to the 1960’s TV show 'The Prisoner', is now home to the Festival No.6 which is a direct reference to Patrick McGoohan’s character in the series. This Italianate village was designed by Architect William Clough Ellis and built overlooking the River Dwryryd estuary and is a brightly coloured jewel nestled in the Welsh hillside.


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John Cooper Clarke His appearance is immediately striking and familiar. The birds-nest hair style, often compared to Bob Dylan ‘Blonde on Blond’ era.... but Bob with access to hair gel. His tall, fragile and skinny frame ambles on stage, swaying about, dressed in a very tight suit and drainpipe trousers. He could really have been a successful stand-up comic if he wished, he had me in stitches at times and I don’t usually laugh out-loud at stand-ups. Basically his act is a few poems, linked by jokes and banter (like Paul Merton he is very observational, seems to see strange connections everywhere and is constantly going off on tangents).


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