Born in 1945 in Ottawa, Ontario, Cockburn early discovered the music of Elvis Presley and Chuck Berry, which would set the course for his life. With an old guitar given to him by an aunt, he was soon playing along to their records and in time exploring music styles beyond the rock of the day, such as jazz and blues. He was also getting into the beat writings of Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg, which would also have a big influence on him. Upon leaving high school, he travelled around Europe, busking on the streets of Paris (and spending a night in jail there for performing without a license) and getting a taste of the bohemian life.
Living Arts Centre, Feb 25, 2016