WATCH: What Julian Cope Did Next…

Julian Cope

Fans of early ’80s post punk will know who Julian Cope is. He’s the guy who used to front the Teardrop Explodes, got a little lost in acid whimsy, but found himself in the study of neolithic stone circles and the righteous fury of late ’60s and late ’70s rock and roll.

He’s a major British cult figure in rock circles, and a well-respected field expert in the interpretation of neolithic sites, and he wrote the best rock memoir ever. In short, the dude’s a dude, dude.

What’s more, he doesn’t ever stop, recording new albums and launching himself into fresh causes with the same vigour he applied to wandering up lost hillsides to look at ancient rocks. His 2008 busking tour with his band the Black Sheep was accompanied by a film crew, keen to capture their insurrectionary street theatre protest, in which the band played gigs at several historically important sites – from Emmeline Pankhurst’s statue in Parliament Square to the site of the car crash which killed Eddie Cochran. And now it’s been made into a film – deliberately pitched somewhere between a Michael Moore documentary and This Is Spinal Tap – called Revolution Blues.

Here’s the (slightly NSFW) trailer:

“I’m a militant pacifist, I would kill for peace.” Amazing.

Fraser McAlpine

Fraser has been writing and broadcasting about music and popular culture for over 15 years, first at the Top of the Pops website, and most recently for the NME, Guardian and MSN. He also wrote BBC Radio 1's Chart Blog and reviews albums for BBC Radio 2.

He is Anglophenia's current resident Brit, blogging about British slang and running around the Mall taking snaps of the crowd at the Royal Wedding, as well as reigniting a childhood passion for classic Doctor Who and cramming as much music in as he can manage.

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