Rumours Of Glory: A Memoir Hardcover – Nov 4 2014
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Following the success of I'm Your Man and Just Kids, legendary Canadian singer and songwriter Bruce Cockburn delivers his long-awaited memoir-a chronicle of faith, fear, and activism that is also a lively cultural and musical tour through the late twentieth century. Award-winning songwriter and pioneering guitarist Bruce Cockburn's life has been shaped by politics, protest, romance, and spiritual discovery. For more than five decades he has toured the globe, visiting far-flung places such as Guatemala, Mali, Mozambique, Afghanistan, and Nepal, performing and speaking out on diverse issues, from native rights and land mines to the environment and Third World debt. His journeys have been reflected in his music and evolving styles: folk, jazz, blues, rock, and worldbeat. Drawing from his experiences, he continues to create memorable songs about his ever-expanding universe of wonders. As an artist with thirty-one albums, Cockburn has won numerous awards and the devotion of legions of fans across America and his native Canada, where he is a household name. Yet the man himself has remained a mystery.
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I confess to having very high expectations for this book. So many songs over the years with such a significant impact on me. I was hoping for the stories behind many of these songs, so many of them with lyrics evocative and at times elusive. I was not disappointed. His memoir was full of the stories behind his music.
I was hoping that Bruce would come clean on his spiritual journey. His music drips with spirituality. He makes frequent reference to God. His preferred name for God – the Divine. But I also hoped for an inside look at Bruce’s spiritual journey from the beginning until the present. Again, I was richly rewarded. Spirituality was front and centre throughout Bruce’s life and he spoke of it often and deeply.
I had a growing suspicion over these 35 years that my spiritual journey had in some way paralleled Bruce’s spiritual journey. I’m grateful for my early faith beginnings in a more or less fundamental evangelical church. This formed me and grounded me in my Christian journey.Read more ›
The good: A truly interesting read, if somewhat unorthodox in style and form. Bruce Cockburn honestly attempts to account for life and song trajectories and the reader gets the feeling that this task was not undertaken lightly. From humble beginnings in Ottawa and somewhat troubled experiences in school (aren't they all!), to exposure to a sequence of life changing events and encounters that involve Christianity, life partners, political and militant action and music, Cockburn attempts an honest description of life, of his own life, what has and has not been done, the challenges and roads ahead and how "the best maps will not guide you/sometimes the darkness is your friend". I can't overstate how interesting it was to gain access to Cockburn's thoughts and perceptions. In some cases, you get the impression that Cockburn did his research on himself, on the issues he was involved in, to ensure that his story was told right. A truly thoughtful person. One gets insight into why he has become one of the best songwriters Canada has produced.
The not so good: Sometimes, the tricky style Cockburn uses (with his writer) is difficult to follow and as you read, there is some repetition that does not always fit with the chronological order of events. At least, that was how I read it.
But really, just a fun read for anyone who knows Cockburn, his thoughts and his social/spiritual/political ideas. A generous telling on the part of a man whom, it seems to me, has attempted in many ways to remain generous to those who have followed him from a distance down his path. In a life of fascist architectures, where injustice often reigns and it is difficult to know what to do with our bag of rage, there truly are rumours of glory.
I do though, have mixed feelings about the book. It is wonderful to hear about the background of his music making, the processes involved with each album and the backdrop of personal and political tapestries that accompany the songs. It is a revelation to hear about aspects of the man that hitherto have remained very personal and private. Perhaps some of them should have remained so.
I was a little disappointed with the writing style. The opening paragraphs read almost embarrassingly like the standard rock and roll memoir that it purports not to be, lacking in the gravitas that I would have expected. The 'asides' throughput the book grate: to my eyes these should either have been incorporated into the text fully or made into footnotes. The voice of the text seems to slip, at times awkwardly between Bruce's and Greg's. The pseudonym 'Madame X' simply does not work for me, probably because, at least here in the UK, Madame X is used as a label for women who run less than wholesome sexual establishments.
More than occasionally, I felt that the political backdrops sketched out were too lengthy to sustain my interest, although this may have been because I was keener to hear more about the man himself; when I return to read the book again, perhaps I will slow my pace of reading and absorb them more fully.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
Seems to end abruptly not writing about Bruce's last three albums when previous records were written about at length.Published 10 months ago by Laird Salkeld
I've always been interested in, and a fan of Bruce Cockburn, so I was more than delighted to finally get a copy of this memoir. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Michael Woodhead
Very well written and integrated with the lyrics of many of Bruce's songs.Published 14 months ago by Innes
I have first admit I am not a big fan of this music genre, however I am a fan of a good read. I heard Bruce Cockburn interviewed and I knew this book would be a great book. It was!Published 16 months ago by Sharon Leis
Possibly the best of all the rock biographies I have read and I have read a lot.It's more than just a synopsis of his life; it is a very candid portrait of what really happened in... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Margaret Ryan
As far as biographies go, a little short on details. As a lesson in what's really happening around us and our call to engage and interact, a
wealthy of information.
An easy and enjoyable read. Adds detail to where the songs came from and what they meant to the artist. Unapologetic in some ways but not arrogant. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Bsure
I am a huge fan of Bruce Cockburn's music, having learned to play many of his songs, and having seen him many times in concert over the 20 years since discovering his music. Read morePublished 22 months ago by mykl