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Author M.D. Dunn Launches New Bruce Cockburn Book, ‘You Get Bigger As You Go: Bruce Cockburn’s Influence and Evolution’

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Sault Ste. Marie native, musician and author M.D. Dunn is celebrating the release of his sixth book, You Get Bigger As You Go: Bruce Cockburn’s Influence and Evolution.

Bruce Cockburn has enthralled audiences with his insightful lyrics and innovative guitar playing for over half a century. Some of his hit songs include “Wondering Where the Lions Are,” “If I Had a Rocket Launcher,” and “Lovers in a Dangerous Time”.

In You Get Bigger as You Go, M.D. takes the reader on a humorous and obsessive quest to track Bruce’s significant cultural footprint.

The book, a work of critical assessment and appreciation, is composed of interviews with producers, musicians, activists, fans, Bruce’s career-long manager, the legendary Bernie Finkelstein, and with the enigmatic singer-songwriter himself. In these conversations, Bruce and friends celebrate a life of music and social engagement.

You Get Bigger as You Go is the perfect beginner’s guide to the music and the artist, and a fun addition to any fan’s library. Photographs from archivist Daniel Keebler span decades and show Bruce in his natural habitat, on stage and in studio.

M.D.’s personal journey with Bruce began when he was just fourteen and happened upon a cassette copy of the musician’s sixth album Joy Will Find a Way. Though the cassette contained few clues regarding its origin or creator, M.D. emphatically said that absorbing that album as a young guitarist changed his life.

“The mysterious, wise voice of the singer,” he said, “landed like a message from the universe.”

M.D. first interviewed Bruce for Canadian Dimension Magazine in 2014. “It seemed to have went well,” said M.D., “because further opportunities to interview Bruce for print followed.”

By 2016, he had amassed a number of short pieces reflecting on the meaning and significance of Bruce’s now legendary song catalog. This creative inspiration led M.D. to embark on a reconsideration of Bruce’s holistic life and legacy, which was even more vast than he had previously known.

“The driving question behind this book is: how does music affect us?” he said. “Music has the power to change people. What influence does music have in our daily lives? I applied these questions to Bruce Cockburn’s music and cultural presence to produce what I see as a beginner’s guide and critical appreciation.”

M.D. Dunn has performed original music for over thirty years and released nine albums. His poems and articles have been widely published; You Get Bigger as You Go: Bruce Cockburn’s Influence and Evolution is his first book of nonfiction.

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