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Bruce Cockburn (pronounced “CO-burn”) (born May 27, 1945 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada) has had a long and distinguished career, with much success in his native Canada. He has written songs in styles ranging from folk to jazz-influenced rock to rock and roll. Cockburn was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 2001. In 2012 he received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (in Canada the award was to honour “significant contributions and achievements by Canadians”).

Cockburn’s early albums were fairly straight ahead folk music spotlighting his brilliant guitar playing. In fact, there were a good number of instrumental guitar numbers on those early recordings. A Christian element came into his music around the time of the album Salt, Sun And Time, and over time his writing has taken on a stronger and stronger political orientation.

Perhaps the most consistent element of Cockburn’s music has been his willingness to change and evolve over time. In this way, he is similar to fellow Canadians Joni Mitchell and Neil Young.

He has had a couple of radio hits in the United States, including (Wondering Where The Lions Are and If I Had a Rocket Launcher).

His albums in the 80s are considered some of his strongest, including Humans, Inner City Front, Stealing Fire, and Big Circumstance. After Big Circumstance he struggled with writer’s block, and his output began to slow down; but he recovered with the formidable Nothing But A Burning Light, which led the way back to a sparer, more folk-oriented form of music.


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  • TheUselessGolem

    It's Bruce Cockburn's 70th birthday today. As always with artists of worth, *he's* the giftbearer, not us. Thank you for the abundant, terrific work, man.

    27 May 4:31pm Reply
  • cupido

    cockburn = worst burn EU

    8 Jan 8:55pm Reply
  • mrjackill

    it´s good & relax

    13 Nov 2014 Reply
  • DrSlump7

    I'm getting the craving for new material!

    25 Jul 2014 Reply
  • pdvmorris in the case of aviaryplanetary there is just no telling some folks on how to pronounce one's name....let's just pronounce aviaryplanetary as dim!

    24 Dec 2013 Reply
  • aviaryplanetary

    "If I see the word cock, and the word burn, I will pronounce it cock-burn". -everyone

    15 Sep 2013 Reply
  • firefly2811

    under rated great singer songwriter

    27 Jun 2013 Reply
  • DrSlump7

    Incredible guitarist along with an amazing voice, and a fantastic songwriter. I thoroughly enjoy his music. Every album has it's advantages.

    1 Apr 2013 Reply
  • maxson924

    Just saw his show in Clearwater last night. Awesome performance and super-nice dude. Chatted with everyone after the show and seemed to enjoy it.

    2 Mar 2013 Reply
  • justpeace0

    Most of his records are delicious, but I just rediscovered Charity of Night and it is shining.

    31 Jan 2013 Reply
  • module64

    that last name

    14 Dec 2012 Reply
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  • sl8221958

    Sort of George Harrison crossed with John Lennon. He's got heart and brains and guitar skilz. "World Of Wonders" and "Stealing Fire" lps rocked my ears and opened my mind, 15 years before I ever heard of economic hitmen. Inner City Front is great record, too.

    19 Nov 2012 Reply
  • Flare68

    Congratulations Bruce - 1,000,000 scrobbles!

    6 Sep 2012 Reply
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    31 Jul 2012 Reply
  • maxson924

    81K isn't low, but I do agree that he's still underrated.

    30 Jun 2012 Reply
  • luckystoned

    he should be famous. a great artist is totally underestimated. which can already be seen in the lowliness of the listener at lastfm. pity!!!

    6 Jun 2012 Reply
  • maxson924

    v Correct.

    6 Jun 2012 Reply
  • GhostOfTolstoy

    @ Kelemvor The spelling is but it's not pronounced like cock-burn. It's pronounced " Co-burm". as far as I know.

    25 May 2012 Reply
  • KeIemvor

    Cockburn must be one of the most hilarious names I've ever heard.

    5 May 2012 Reply
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