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Rumours Of Glory: A Memoir Hardcover – Nov 4 2014

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Cockburn Bruce (Nov. 4 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061969125
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061969126
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 4.1 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 880 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,234,135 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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'm going to make this short as you need to run right out or stay at home and buy this book. I admit I'm a Bruce fan so maybe I'm prejudiced but this one great read. If you want to know what makes Bruce Cockburn tick this is for you. From the places where the songs come from to his spiritual quest, from his personal life, to his time in some the world's most dangerous places, this book gives it all to you. I found I really enjoyed having the box set at hand. Sometimes Bruce would mention a song like "Can I Go With You" which I didn't know and it was handy to be able to refer to it. Great song by the way. Highly recommended.
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I have been waiting for this book for years! I have been following Bruce’s music career closely since I attended my first concert at the Memorial Centre in Red Deer, Alberta when I was about 20 years old. There was one song at his concert that I loved – even more than Wondering Where the Lions Are (his top radio hit at the time). But I couldn't remember the name of the song. So I made repeated trips to the vinyl album section at the Bay in Red Deer and started buying up albums in hopes of coming across this song. It was probably my third or fourth album before I finally discovered the song. By that time I was hooked on Bruce and his music!

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.
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No one would really read a Bruce Cockburn autobiography if they weren't already a fan and somewhat aware of this truly interesting singer-songwriter's career and work. So, confession of bias...

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.
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The long awaited memoirs from Bruce Cockburn were met by these hands with anticipation. Since the early 80's, when Bruce and his music began to more readily reach the UK, I have followed his career with great interest. He is indeed a gifted artist and human being. Whilst, over the years, his music has not always quite hit the spot with me all of the time, much of his music has become something of a soundtrack that has paralleled my life.

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.
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