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Tuesday 20 February 2018

Clarke rolls with Ronnie Wood fans

John Cooper Clarke has said he is often mistaken for Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood
John Cooper Clarke has said he is often mistaken for Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood

Shock-haired punk poet John Cooper Clarke has confessed he plays along when he is mistaken for Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood - because he does not want to shatter fans' illusions.

The veteran wordsmith and the guitarist both share a jet black, gravity-defying hairdo and a similar hollow-cheeked look.

Clarke, 64, told Q magazine that he is confused with the Stones star "all the time" but cannot bear to see the look of disappointment if he admits his real identity.

"Once I was out in Ireland having something to eat and this Norwegian guy sidled up to me and said 'I saw your show in Oslo and you really rock'.

"He thought I was Ron and I can't bear the look of disappointment as it clouds people's features so I just played along with it. He went happily back to Oslo thinking he'd had a drink with a Rolling Stone. Who'd want to shatter that kind of dream?"

Clarke, who said his "official age is 59", also revealed he still writes his poems with a ballpoint pen and does not own a computer.

"Not because I'm a Luddite but because I know how great computers are and I know that if I had one, then you would find me six weeks later dead under a pile of pizza boxes," he told the November issue of the magazine.

"I'm strictly a Biro on the back of a cig-packet writer. If it's good enough for Cole Porter, it's good enough for me."

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