About the Book:

Becoming Bruce: The Early Life & Work of Bruce Cockburn, is a short but in-depth study of the early life and work of the award winning Canadian singer-songwriter and recording artist Bruce Cockburn. Its reconstructs his biography for these years and offers an interpretation of his debut album, Bruce Cockburn.

Between 2010 and 2015 Becoming Bruce was expanded into a larger manuscript that covers Cockburn’s life and work from 1945 to 1980. Tentatively titled The Rose Above the Sky: The Early Life and Work of Bruce Cockburn, 1945-1980, its title derives from the title of the final song on Cockburn’s 1980 album, Humans.

About the Author:

John A. McCurdy grew up in Burlington, Ontario, and currently resides in Toronto. He purchased his first Cockburn single at age thirteen, saw his first Cockburn show at Hamilton Place at age fifteen, and has been a Cockburn fan ever since.

From McMaster University John holds a B.A., Combined Honours, English & History, and an M.A. in Globalization Studies. He also holds a B.Ed., Intermediate & Senior English & History Instruction, from the University of Toronto. John is currently a PhD Candidate in the Social and Political Thought Program at York University. You can review and read his publications and other writings at Academia.edu.

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/


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