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Q45: What is GWP?
A: Gavin's Woodpile, a BC newsletter named after the song from In The Falling Dark. It is a six page bimonthly newsletter. Copies may be had from: Daniel Keebler, 5925 107th Ave SE, Snohomish, WA 98290, USA. Aside from tour news and new recordings the best part of the new issue for me was finding out the identity of that thing on the back cover of Inner City Front. Previous issues have had BC interviews and an excerpt from his travel notebook.
(Source: Andrew Fritz. Archive: v01.n043.)

A: Gavin's Woodpile is published six times a year with cover dates of February, April, June, August, October and December. the first issue was published in February 1994. The purpose of the newsletter is to keep readers informed of Bruce's tour schedule, new projects he is working on either on his own or with other artists, and where to find his released works. Gavin's Woodpile receives informational support from Bruce's management in Toronto, and Rykodisc in the United States and London. For more information on the newsletter and subscription information, follow the link to the Gavin's Woodpile homepage.
(Source: Daniel Keebler. Private e-mail.)

Q46: Is there any printed material out about BC, either on the Web or on paper?
A: The book Subversive Christianity, which discusses a number of Cockburn songs, is published in the US. Subversive Christianity, Brian Walsh, Alta Vista College Press, Box 55535, Seattle WA 98155, ISBN 1-886-319-065 A similar Cockburn discussion also appears in "The Worldview of Bruce Cockburn : The Prophetic Art in a Dangerous Time" in The Toronto Journal of Theology , Vol 5, #2, 1989, p170-187. The article can be obtained by contacting the: Institute for Christian Studies, 229 College St., Toronto, M5T1R4
(Source: Jim Duff. Archive: v01.n276)

A: Many newspaper, magazine, newsletter and journal articles are posted on the Web, some at http://www.kingsfiled.com/cockburn/archives/articles/index.htm" and more at http://www.fish.com/music/bruce_cockburn/articles/

Quotes from BC on various topics:

Song writing:

"Writing music, for me, is about touching something deep in someone else from a real place in yourself. It can be done with a mood; it doesn't have to be done with ideas or direct statements."
- "Straight to the Heart: Bruce Cockburn's Songs of Subversion", Interview by David Batstone, Sojourners, September/October 1994

"As strange as it sounds, it makes no difference whether I write a love song or tell a story about being in a refugee camp. For me it comes from the same place. I just want to touch people. It's a passing of my understanding of reality, trying to put it into a form that is interesting and entertaining to somebody else."
- "Straight to the Heart: Bruce Cockburn's Songs of Subversion", Interview by David Batstone, Sojourners, September/October 1994

Transition from solo to band format and seeking out T-Bone Burnett as a producer:

"Things were getting bigger and bigger, more stuff was being applied to the songs after the fact".
"T-Bone knows how to get a sense of a song without piling stuff on top".

- "Straight to the Heart: Bruce Cockburn's Songs of Subversion", Interview by David Batstone, Sojourners, September/October 1994

From an interview with T-Bone Burnett in Acoustic Guitar magazine, Jan-Feb 93:

AG: What kinds of decisions do you make as a producer regarding the choice of instruments? For example, did you decide which guitars Bruce Cockburn used on his last album, Nothing but a Burning Light?
Burnett: No, he made all those kinds of decisions. He's a masterful musician . Seven of the songs from that album are first takes without any overdubs.

A few articles about BC (check out Frank Brusca's site for many more)

Last updated: 07 Jun 2005
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