Rufus Wainwright: The CM Cover Interview

The great Rufus Wainwright on his musical upbringing, early struggles, Los Angeles, his parents’ folk tradition, songwriting & much more!

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  • We’ve been excited to share this week’s conversation in its entirety! It is with the great Rufus Wainwright, who probably needs no introduction to most folks. He is, of course, the son of folk music royalty who then set out on his own and carved out a uniquely diverse and acclaimed artistic career that spans from pop to opera. In this conversation with Mike, which formed the basis of the cover story on Rufus for the March/April issue of Canadian Musician magazine, Rufus discusses his musical upbringing; the lessons he continues to carry from his mother, the late Kate McGarrigle; making his latest Grammy-nominated album, Unfollow the Rules; the rocky reception he received in his home city of Montreal after finding pop success in L.A.; his songwriting tendencies; and a lot more. It really is a wonderful conversation with one of Canada’s finest artists of the last couple decades.

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