Thursday, 7 June 2012


 Last week BBC 4 aired a documentary called 'Evidently...John Cooper Clarke ' (on iplayer until 11th June only) . It records and celebrates the  life and works of John Cooper Clarke, punk poet, looking at his life as a poet, a comedian, a recording artist and revealing how he has remained a significant influence on contemporary culture over four decades.

The John Cooper Clarke  documentary  is just part of  a whole range of  programmes  for a Punk Britannia season to be found on  BBC Four and BBC Radio 6 Music . The season marks 35 years since punk's heyday in 1977,  the year of the Queen's Silver Jubilee.

A new three-part documentary series on BBC4 spanning  1971-1981 maps some of the uncharted as well as the more familiar territory of Punk .

BBC Radio 6 Music is providing a range of curated shows  from some of punk’s most iconic names, alongside a series of themed shows. On Friday 1st June 12am-1am it all kicked off with John Lydon . As a teenager, Rotten Lydon (as he wonderfully refers to himself in the show) announced himself to the world as the focal point of British punk.
This BBC music blog gives more information on Punk Britannia programmes.
Interviews , archive concerts and exclusive new performances from the Punk Britannia season can all be found here

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