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WordPress 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 award-winning 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. An expanded version of Becoming Bruce that covers Cockburn’s life and work from 1945 to 1980, and that draws on extensive newspaper and archival research, is currently in production.

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 began listening to Bruce Cockburn’s work at the age of thirteen and first saw Bruce perform live at Hamilton Place at the age of 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

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September 2014 Update:

Since this book was released on WordPress in October 2010 Bruce Cockburn has announced the official 4 November 2014 release of his memoirs, titled Rumours of Glory: A Memoir ( http://www.harpercollins.com/9780061969126/rumours-of-glory ), while three important new books about Bruce Cockburn – described below – have been published. Alongside his memoir, Cockburn will also be releasing a 9-CD box set through True North Records: http://truenorth.labelstore.ca/releases/620638060124-bruce-cockburn-rumours-of-glory-box-set.html (the book and the box set can also be purchased together, as a package). Both the book and the box set are sure to contribute to our understanding of Cockburn’s life and work in unprecedented ways and are therefore strongly recommended.

The first of the new books about Cockburn, theology Professor Brian J. Walsh’s long awaited Kicking at the Darkness: Bruce Cockburn and the Christian Imagination, was released 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 of the new books 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.

Finally, the third of these new books 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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About johnamccurdy

John A. McCurdy grew up in Ontario and has lived in British Columbia. He current resides in Edmonton, Alberta. He is a certified secondary school teacher and has also worked as a tutor, advocate, and researcher. He holds a B.A. Honours in English and History and an interdisciplinary M.A. in Globalization Studies from McMaster University and a B.Ed. in Intermediate-Senior English and History Instruction from University of Toronto. He welcomes your questions, comments, ideas, and suggestions.
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  1. Rick Evans says:

    Hi John, just finished your book on Bruce. Excellent job. I’ve been huge Bruce fan since the first time I heard “Wondering Where the Lions Are” in 1979. I’ve often been frustrated that there was no book about him. Of course I’m thrilled that he’s going to write a book about himself. However, a third party bio or critical overview of an artist I find just as interesting. I like the way you stay focussed on the music, or events in his life that were developmental to his music.

    Of course, now I really think you need to write the book from 1970 to now! 🙂 An overview of the events in his life, the world, and some of his songs/albums would be something to read. Heck, Bruce might even refer to it when he writes his own book.

    John, thanks for doing this.

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