Bruce Cockburn – Box Set and Book – Rumours Of Glory
Songwriter and activist Bruce Cockburn
has released a nine-disc box set and autobiography
Rumours Of Glory
Rumours Of Glory is the title of a box set collection (on True North Records) curated by Cockburn himself as a companion piece to his memoir; the songs are presented in the same order they appear in the book. This limited edition 117–song, 9–disc set includes 16 rare and previously unreleased songs and a live concert DVD — the artist’s only full–length concert video.
Each box set is autographed, sequentially numbered and includes a 90–page book featuring rare photos, extensive track information and new liner notes written by Nicholas Jennings.
With a career that has spanned four decades and over thirty albums, producing a body of work that has sold over seven million copies worldwide, Bruce Cockburn is regarded by fans and fellow musicians alike as one of the most important songwriters of his generation.
Best known for songs including “Pacing The Cage” (1995), “If A Tree Falls” (1988), “If I Had A Rocket Launcher” (1984), “Lovers In A Dangerous Time” (1984) and “Wondering Where The Lions Are” (1979), the award–winning songwriter and pioneering guitarist — whose life and music has been shaped by politics, protest, romance and spiritual discovery.
Cockburn says of deciding to write his memoir, “Over the years, the notion that there should be a book about me has popped up now and then, along with offers to write it. It always seemed too soon, and I’ve felt all along that such a book should be mine to author. When Harper One expressed their interest, it finally did seem timely, so here we go!” In Rumours of Glory, Cockburn provides an intimate commentary on his life and work, focused on the roots of his song writing and the stories behind his best known songs.
From Ottawa in 1945 (where he was born) through to Baghdad in 2004, Cockburn shares his family life, personal relationships, Christian convictions, and the social and political activism that has defined him and his music, and has both invigorated and incited his legions of fans worldwide. For Cockburn, music has always been a key way to explore culture, politics and the nature of the spirit, and his remarkable journey has seen him embrace folk, jazz, blues, rock, and world beat styles.
The New York Times has called him a “virtuoso on guitar,” while Acoustic Guitar magazine placed him in the esteemed company of Andrés Segovia, Bill Frisell, and Django Reinhardt. Bruce Cockburn has won twelve (Canadian) Juno Awards and twenty one gold/platinum certifications. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada and recipient of the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement (Canada’s highest honour in the performing arts), along with being a member of the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, Canadian Broadcast Hall of Fame, and recipient of eight honorary doctorates from Universities throughout North America.