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Encyclopedia > Roger McGough
Front cover of the 1983 revised edition of The Mersey Sound
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Front cover of the 1983 revised edition of The Mersey Sound

Roger McGough CBE (born November 9, 1937) is a well-known British performance poet. Image File history File links Mersey-Sound-Revised. ... Image File history File links Mersey-Sound-Revised. ... Commanders Badge of the Order of the British Empire The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is a British order of chivalry established on 4 June 1917 by King George V. The Order includes five classes in civil and military divisions; in decreasing order of seniority, these are... November 9 is the 313th day of the year (314th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 52 days remaining. ... 1937 (MCMXXXVII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... Performance poetry is poetry that is specifically composed for or during performance before an audience. ...


He was born in Litherland in north Liverpool, a city with which he is firmly associated in most people's minds. He was educated at the University of Hull at a time when the chief librarian was Philip Larkin. Returning to Merseyside in the early 1960s, he met Mike McGear and John Gorman – both multi-talented entertainers. Together they formed The Scaffold, a comedy group, hitting number one in the British charts in 1968 with their version of Lily the Pink. McGough co-wrote many of their songs. He continues to perform widely. Litherland is a district in Sefton, Merseyside, North West England. ... Liverpool waterfront by night, as seen from the Wirral. ... The University of Hull, also known as Hull University, is an English university in the East Riding of Yorkshire which was founded in 1927. ... Philip Arthur Larkin (9 August 1922 – 2 December 1985) was an English poet, novelist and jazz critic. ... Merseyside is a metropolitan county, located in the North West of England. ... The outrageously crowded Woodstock festival epitomized the popular antiwar movement of the 60s. ... Born Peter Michael McCartney (January 7, 1944), Mike McGear is a British performing artist from the 1960s and 1970s, and a brother of Paul McCartney. ... John Gorman was a member of the band Grimms — the G in Gorman providing the G in Grimms — and also of The Scaffold. ... The Scaffold were a trio from Liverpool, England consisting of Mike McGear (Michael McCartney, brother of Paul), Roger McGough and John Gorman. ... 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1968 calendar). ... Lydia E. Pinkham (from a 1904 pamphlet) Lydia Estes Pinkham (1819 - 1883), patent medicine manufacturer and businesswoman A resident of Lynn, Massachusetts, Lydia Pinkham first began developing home remedies after the near bankruptcy of her husband. ...


McGough was also responsible for much of the humorous dialogue in The Beatles' animated movie Yellow Submarine, although he did not receive an on-screen credit for it. The Beatles were a pop and rock music group from Liverpool, England, who continue to be held in the very highest regard for their artistic achievements, their huge commercial success, and their ground-breaking role in the history of popular music. ... Yellow Submarine is a 1968 animated film based on the music of The Beatles. ...


Along with Adrian Henri and Brian Patten, with whom he published two best-selling volumes of verse entitled The Mersey Sound, McGough won fame of a slightly more serious nature as one of the "Mersey Poets" of the 1960s and 70s. Adrian Henri (April 10, 1932 – December 21, 2000) was a British poet and painter. ... Brian Patten (photo by Hugo Glendinning) Brian Patten (born 7 February 1946, Liverpool) is a British poet, born in a working-class neighbourhood near the docks. ... The Liverpool Poets were a group of influential 1960s poets from Liverpool, heavily influenced by the 1950s Beat poetry. ... The outrageously crowded Woodstock festival epitomized the popular antiwar movement of the 60s. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, inclusive. ...


In 1978 McGough appeared in All You Need Is Cash, a mockumentary detailing the career of a Beatles-like group called The Rutles. In McGough's scene his introduction takes so long that he is only asked one question ("Did you know the Rutles?," to which McGough cheerfully responds "Oh yes") before the documentary is forced to move along to other events. 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1978 calendar). ... All You Need Is Cash (also known as The Rutles) is a 1978 television film that traces (in mockumentary style) the career of a British rock group called The Rutles. ... Mockumentary, a portmanteau of mock documentary (also fictional documentary or false documentary), is a film and TV genre, or a single work of the genre. ... The Rutles The Rutles was a parody of The Beatles, jointly created by Eric Idle and Neil Innes. ...


He now presents the BBC Radio 4 programme Poetry Please and records voice-overs for commercials. BBC Radio 4 is a British domestic radio station which broadcasts a wide variety of chiefly spoken-word programmes including news, drama, comedy, science and history. ... Poetry Please - Poetry Please websiteis a weekly radio programme broadcast on BBC Radio 4 which responds to requests from listeners for their favourite poems. ... A voice-over is a narration that is played on top of a video segment, usually with the audio for that segment muted or lowered. ... Advertising, generally speaking, is the promotion of goods, services, companies and ideas, usually performed by an identified sponsor. ...


He was awarded the CBE in June 2004. Commanders Badge of the Order of the British Empire The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is a British order of chivalry established on 4 June 1917 by King George V. The Order includes five classes in civil and military divisions; in decreasing order of seniority, these are... 2004 : January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December See also: June 2004 in sports Deaths in June • 28 Anthony Buckeridge • 26 Naomi Shemer • 26 Yash Johar • 22 Bob Bemer • 22 Thomas Gold • 22 Francisco Ortiz Franco • 16 Thanom Kittikachorn • 10 Ray Charles • 5 Ronald Reagan...


Books

  • Summer with Monika (1967) (in record form, 1978)
  • Out of Sequence (1972)
  • Sporting Relations (1974)
  • Defying Gravity (1993)
  • The Way Things Are (1999)
  • Everyday Eclipses (2002)

1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar (the link is to a full 1967 calendar). ... 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1978 calendar). ... 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1972 calendar). ... 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (the link is to a full 1974 calendar). ... 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ...

See also

The Mersey Sound is an anthology of poems by Liverpudlian poets Roger McGough, Brian Patten and Adrian Henri first published in 1967. ... The Liverpool Poets were a group of influential 1960s poets from Liverpool, heavily influenced by the 1950s Beat poetry. ... The Beatles were a pop and rock music group from Liverpool, England, who continue to be held in the very highest regard for their artistic achievements, their huge commercial success, and their ground-breaking role in the history of popular music. ...

External links

  • Roger McGough at www.contemporarywriters.com

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Roger McGough - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (306 words)
Roger McGough CBE (born November 9, 1937) is a well-known British performance poet.
McGough was also responsible for much of the humorous dialogue in The Beatles' animated movie Yellow Submarine, although he did not receive an on-screen credit for it.
In McGough's scene his introduction takes so long that he is only asked one question ("Did you know the Rutles?," to which McGough cheerfully responds "Oh yes") before the documentary is forced to move along to other events.
Guardian Unlimited Books | By genre | Emma Brockes interview: Roger McGough (2067 words)
Roger McGough likes to think he is the model for what his fellow poet, Wendy Cope, calls a Tump: a Typically Useless Male Poet.
McGough's poetic style is often described as whimsical, its seriousness undermined by the sort of punchlines that, in bad stand-up, are usually accompanied by a crash on the cymbal: wa-wah.
McGough, hippyish still with his gold earring and hair curling a little at the collar, thinks children have a poetic sensibility that is knocked out of them by well-meaning adults.
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