John Cooper Clarke / I Wanna Be Yours

John Cooper Clarke / I Wanna Be Yours signed memoir

The Poet Laureate of Punk’s new memoir

Pan MacMillan will publish I Wanna Be Yours, John Cooper Clarke‘s memoir later this year.

Salford-born ‘Performance poet’ Clarke is associated with the punk and post-punk eras and often shared a stage with notable figures from those movements including the Sex Pistols, Buzzcocks, Siouxsie and the Banshees and Elvis Costello as well as touring with fellow poet like Linton Kwesi Johnson (a neighbour of mine in the 90s when I lived in south London).

John Cooper Clarke is probably best known for his poem ‘Beasley Street’ although he did have a minor chart hit record single with ‘Gimmix! (Play Loud)’ in 1978.

He has definitely had a pretty interesting life with plenty of ups and downs, including being a heroin addict for much of the eighties. It was during that decade he shared a flat with Nico in Brixton (platonic relationship, apparently). Unlike her, JCC has survived to tell the tale and I Wanna Be Yours is where we’ll find his firsthand accounts of such tales.

The 320-page hardback edition of the memoir will be published on 15 October 2020 (was 1 October) and SIGNED copies can be ordered from Waterstones in the UK.

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Allan McPal

Just spotted this, my dad was a big fan back in the day, and thought he’d love the signed edition for Christmas, but it’s not available to order, would this mean all the signed pr-orders have been snapped up?

David Bly

Definitely will be buying the signed edition.

This will be my second book (sort of) by JCC. Sort of, as initial copies of the “Snap, Crackle & Bop” LP came with a book of poetry in a pocket attached to the album cover. Quite a good trick.

Album with the pocket and book…

This is what it looks like under the pocket (which you find out when the glue comes loose)…


Bought signed copy.

First Christmas present for my lovely wife.



Notwithstanding a punitive £9 postage fee to Ireland, I’m in for a signed one. Thanks Paul.

Peter Muscutt

Can’t wait for this, got into him by hearing his excellent poem “Twat”, which is just as lovely as the title makes out! And although it’s often mentioned, “Beasley Street” never gets old!

Phil Hitchings

Great deal on the anthology .de compared to .uk, I couldn’t resist

Ian Hartley

You can also get signed copies from Coles Books in Banbury (great on line web shop with many signed music related books). JCC is indeed a national treasure and one of the funniest raconteurs ever. If you get a chance to spend an evening when we are all allowed out to play again, it will be time and cash well spent. His album of covers with Hugh Cornwall is also recommended- he has a surprisingly great singing voice !

Jarmo Keranen

When i looked at the cover he could ask the permission from Bob Dylan and call the book Ballad Of A Thin Man!

paul wren

Great alert, Paul, and an easy buy decision for the signed edition and what will doubtless be a great read. Lets hope he uses some of the proceeds to eat a few more doughnuts or pies to build up his physique a bit.

Gareth Jones

I look forward to reading the chapter about doing the Sugar Puffs TV commercials. He probably got told he’d get back in smack. He didn’t know they meant honey smacks.

Tom Walsh

The definition of a National Treasure..a must read I bet.

The Golde Age Of The Phonograph

You are most certainly correct Tom. JCC is a true Poet of The People. Book ordered.

Joseph Bartram

John Cooper clarke has had a resurgence in recent years having influenced the artic monkeys and having his poems being used in the sopranos.