This blog presents John A. McCurdy’s first book, Becoming Bruce: The Early Life & Work of Bruce Cockburn, a short but in-depth study covering the period 1945-1970 in the life and work of Canadian music artist Bruce Cockburn. It aims to provide a popular yet scholarly treatment of its subject. Enjoy! –  though please note: no portion of this book may be reproduced in any format without the express permission of the author.

About the Author:

John grew up in Burlington, Ontario, and currently resides in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. He is the owner and proprietor of Vintage Histories & Stories. He started listening to Bruce Cockburn’s work at age thirteen and first saw Bruce perform live at Hamilton Place at age fifteen. He holds a B.A. Honours with Distinction in English and History, an interdisciplinary M.A. in Globalization Studies from McMaster University, and a B.Ed. in Intermediate-Senior English and History Instruction from the University of Toronto. Contact John at: vhs@vintagehistoriesandstories.ca




Since this book was released on WordPress in October 2010, three important new books about Bruce Cockburn have been published.

The first is theology Professor Brian J. Walsh’s long awaited Kicking at the Darkness: Bruce Cockburn and the Christian Imagination, published in November 2011 by Brazos Press: http://bakerpublishinggroup.com/books/kicking-at-the-darkness/289580. Those interested in the perspective Walsh takes in his book should check out this article Walsh published recently in the Huffington Post http://www.huffingtonpost.com/brian-j-walsh/pacing-the-cage-with-bruce-cockburn_b_1192730.html.

The second is True North: A Life Inside the Music Business (McClelland & Stewart), a memoir published in April 2012 by Bernie Finkelstein, Bruce Cockburn’s long time manager and friend: http://www.mcclelland.com/catalog/display.pperl?isbn=9780771047930.

The third and the most recent called is World of Wonders: The Lyrics and Music of Bruce Cockburn (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform). It comes from American folk musician and music writer Jim Heald, and can be ordered here: http://home.comcast.net/~jimheald/jheald.htm.

Some Excellent Cockburn Related Online Resources:

The Cockburn Project: http://cockburnproject.net/

Gavin’s Woodpile: http://www.brucecockburn.org/

Bruce Cockburn’s Official Site: http://brucecockburn.com/

True North Records’ Bruce Cockburn Page: http://www.truenorthrecords.com/Artists.php?artist_id=12

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