Bruce Cockburn donates archives to McMaster University

From The Toronto Star:

Bruce Cockburn is offering a candid and rare behind the scenes look at the life of one of Canada’s most celebrated musicians and advocates for human rights.

The folksinger, songwriter and humanitarian is sharing a chunk of his life with Hamilton’s McMaster University — and it’s for all to see.

The composer of hits “Lovers in a Dangerous Time” and “Rocket Launcher” has donated his archives to the school, including three guitars, scrapbooks, original song lyrics and even T-shirts and a cap, all to be used as resource material for students and fans.

The collection also includes notebooks from 1969 to 2002 (32 in all) where one can follow the development of his work — often from single thoughts to finished lyrics — all set randomly among abstract doodlings. Personal observations, schedules, budgets, set lists, letters and other notes are included, offering a window into Cockburn’s imagination, creative process and the challenges of an individual making a living.

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