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Punk poet John Cooper Clarke on how fame caused devastating descent into drugs

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With his gravel-voiced on-stage renditions of rhymes about everyday urban Britain, John Cooper Clarke scribbled his way into Seventies pop culture.

He became the first big-time performance punk poet – a warm-up act for the Sex Pistols, with famous fans ranging from Sir Paul McCartney to Kate Moss.

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