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Bruce Cockburn to pen memoir

Musician Bruce Cockburn, known for penning hits like Wondering Where the Lions Are, Lovers in a Dangerous Time and If I Had a Rocket Launcher, is set to embark on writing a memoir.
Bruce Cockburn in 2009 at a Canadian base in the Panjwaii district of Afghanistan, where his brother was serving as a doctor at the hospital at Kandahar Airfield. Cockburn is set to release his memoir in 2012. ((Bill Graveland/Canadian Press))
Musician Bruce Cockburn, known for penning hits like Wondering Where the Lions Are, Lovers in a Dangerous Time and If I Had a Rocket Launcher, is set to embark on writing a memoir.

HarperCollinsCanada and HarperOne announced Wednesday the Ottawa-born singer-songwriter's memoir will be published in April 2012.

"Over the years, the notion that there should be a book about me has popped up now and then, along with offers to write it," Cockburn said in a release.

"It always seemed too soon and I've felt all along that such a book should be mine to author."

The 64-year-old Cockburn is one of Canada's most respected folk-rock songwriters. His music over the past four decades has won a number of awards and been covered by a host of fellow artists — including k.d. lang, Barenaked Ladies, Jimmy Buffett and Anne Murray.

He has also long been an ardent environmental, political and human rights activist. He was named an officer of the Order of Canada in 2002 and inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 2001.

Cockburn's latest albums include the 2006 studio album Life Short Call Now and the live 2009 album Slice O Life — Solo Live.

Along with participating in a tribute to his 40-year catalogue at Toronto's Luminato festival this June, he is set to return to the studio this summer to work on a record to be released in 2011.