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article imageCelebrated Canadian musician Bruce Cockburn writes autobiography

By R. C. Camphausen     Apr 25, 2010 in Entertainment
Toronto - Previously, several publishers, authors and would-be ghostwriters have asked to write and publish a book about politically engaged musician Bruce Cockburn, but he's now decided to write such a book himself, adding author to his list of accomplishments.
It has been nine years since Canadian singer/songwriter, musician and activist Bruce Cockburn was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame - as a report filed on March 2001 in Digital Journal shows - yet this week he's not in the news because of his music, but because he's finally decided to write a book about his journey through life.
On the famed musician's official website, one can read an announcement by renowned publishing company HarperOne in San Francisco, and HarperCollinsCanada in Toronto and Scarborough have signed a contract for Cockburn to produce a memoir, or autobiography, within the next 18 months - to be published in April of 2012. Officially, the contract is between HarperOne and Cockburn’s trusted management partner since 40 years, The Finkelstein Management Company.
For readers not well acquainted with Bruce Cockburn, the publisher's announcement of the deal has a short but clear overview of what must have made the musician attractive to them. Since 1970, with 30 albums and numerous awards to his credit, Bruce Cockburn has earned high praise as an exceptional songwriter and pioneering guitarist, whose career has been shaped by politics, protest, romance, and spiritual discovery. His remarkable journey has seen him embrace folk, jazz, blues, rock, and world-beat styles while travelling to such far-flung places as Guatemala, Mali, Mozambique, Afghanistan, and Nepal, and writing memorable songs about his ever-expanding world of wonders.
The publishers also gives more detailed information about their future author, reminding us that Cockburn was born in 1945 in Ottawa, that his musical repertoire and his great lyrics have been covered by such artists as Jerry Garcia, Chet Atkins, k.d. lang, and Barenaked Ladies.
Apart from his musical achievements, B.C. is deeply respected for his activism, covering issues from native rights and land mines to the environment and Third World debt, topics that have made him work with organizations such as Amnesty International, Doctors Without Borders and several others. Most recently, he went on a fact-finding trip to Nepal, which resulted in the 2008 release of a film named Return To Nepal.
Several of his creations can be watched and listened to on YouTube, the above one was chosen because it is one my favorites, though it's difficult to choose from 30 different albums and CD's. The song can be found on the CD Breakfast In New Orleans Dinner In Timbuktu.
Having toured the United States recently, Cockburn has also several concerts planned in Canada this year, dates and places can be found here.
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