Founder of a poetry rock band known as The Liverpool Scene. He was also a contributor to The Mersey Sound, an important poetry anthology.
He attended King's College, Newcastle, where he studied art.
His melding of popular culture and music with poetry increased poetic awareness among British young people in the 1960s.
He was married twice and did not have any children.
He was a friend of Beatles' singer and fellow Liverpudlian, John Lennon.