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A Conversation with Bruce Cockburn

24 September 2023

My name is JR Woodward and I am a professor of sociology. On the side, I have a quasi-academic blog/podcast and I recently interviewed Bruce Cockburn about the role of art/music in documenting or changing society.

I’m joined by legendary musician Bruce Cockburn. With over 9 million records sold, and countless lives touched by his activism and altruism, he has spent over 50 years impacting folks around the globe.

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Mr. Cockburn has released 35 albums, of which, 23 have received gold or platinum certification. He has been honored with 13 JUNO Awards, an induction into both the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, and has been made an Officer of the Order of Canada.

We discuss where his “political songs” emanate from before moving on to how art and culture, in relation to economics and politics, can be used to influence society. We touch on religion, then finish with the hope for a better world that he just can’t shake…

Listen to this excellent conversation:

His official website can be found here:


The podcast features his songs:
Live on My Mind
If I Had a Rocket Launcher
If a Tree Falls in the Forest
Put it in Your Heart
Gavin’s Woodpile

Our interview can be found under the Podcast tab, or here:

Credit: – JR Woodward

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Interview date: 21 September 2023

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