Let me open with “I’m totally not a fan of Bruce Cockburn’s music” but I think the man has done tons for Canada and the planet. That said, this for obvious reasons, is going into the TOP 20 album cover art category and the rethrift at the same time. lol.
from wiki: Bruce Douglas Cockburn OC ( /ˈkoʊbərn/ koh-bərn; born May 27, 1945) is a Canadian folk/rock guitarist and singer-songwriter. His most recent album was released in March 2011. He has written songs in styles ranging from folk to jazz-influenced rock to rock and roll. Cockburn’s first solo appearance was at the Mariposa Folk Festival in 1967, and in 1969 he was the headliner. In 1970 he released his first, self-titled, solo album. Cockburn’s guitar work and songwriting skills won him an enthusiastic following. His early work featured rural and nautical imagery, Biblical metaphors, and the conviction that heaven is close despite hardship. Raised as an agnostic, early in his career he became a devout Christian. Many of his albums from the 1970s refer to his Christian belief, which in turn informs the concerns for human rights and environmentalism expressed on his 1980s albums. His references to Christianity in his music include the Grail imagery of 20th-century Christian poet Charles Williams and the ideas of theologian Harvey Cox. While Cockburn had been popular in Canada for years, he did not have a big impact in the United States until 1979, with the release of the album Dancing in the Dragon’s Jaws. “Wondering Where the Lions Are,” the first single from that album, reached No. 21 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US in June 1980, and earned Cockburn an appearance on NBC‘s hit TV show Saturday Night Live. Cockburn was married from 1969 to 1980 to Kitty Cockburn, and has a daughter Jenny (born in July 1976) from that marriage. He wrote the song “Little Seahorse” in late 1975 about the time when his daughter was in utero. It appears on his album In the Falling Dark.
Cockburn was made a Member of the Order of Canada in 1982 and was promoted to Officer in 2002. On March 5, 2001, during the 30th Annual Juno Awards ceremony, Cockburn was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. The Cockburn tribute during the awards included taped testimonials from U2’s Bono, Jackson Browne, Cowboy Junkies‘ Margo Timmins, and Midnight Oil‘s Peter Garrett. The Barenaked Ladies performed their version of Cockburn’s “Lovers in a Dangerous Time”. Best Female Artist nominees Jann Arden and Terri Clark performed “Wondering Where the Lions Are”, and Sarah Harmer performed “Waiting for a Miracle”. The Canadian Association of Broadcasters honoured Cockburn by inducting him into the Canadian Broadcast Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony was held on October 22, 2002, inVancouver as part of the Gold Ribbon Awards Gala at the organization’s 76th annual convention.
On November 27, 2002, the CBC‘s Life and Times series aired a special feature on Cockburn titled The Life and Times of Bruce Cockburn, produced by Robert Lang of Kensington Communications in Toronto. The cover artwork for his 1999 album Breakfast in New Orleans, Dinner in Timbuktu, which is dominated by bold text in the Helvetica font, was included in the exhibition “50 Years of Helvetica”, which ran from April 2007 to March 2008 at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. In May 2007 he received two honorary doctorates, the fourth and fifth of his career. In early May he received an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity from Queens University in Kingston, Ontario, and later in the month he received an Honorary Doctor of Letters at the convocation of Memorial University of Newfoundland for his lifelong contributions to Canadian music, culture and social activism. Cockburn previously received honorary doctorates from York University in Toronto, Berklee College of Music, and St. Thomas University in New Brunswick. Cockburn received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.
Here he is with a song from this album ~ live at the Montreal Jazz Festival.