Rolling Along

Three decades of Bruce Cockburn's music

Somewhere between pure pop music-music that succeeds or fails on the basis of its popularity-and genre music lies a kind of music that critic Robert Christgau defined many years ago as semipopular: music with a smaller, more sustainable audience than pop, though its strategems and aesthetics are essentially the same. An analogy would be the movie that lies somewhere between a blockbuster and the art house; the little movie that probably...

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Tom Smucker is a freelance writer in New York. He writes on music for the Village Voice.