Number of page: 576
Publisher: Harper Collins, 2012
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen is one of the most important and influential musical artists of the past fifty years—and one of the most elusive. In I’m Your Man, journalist Sylvie Simmons, one of the foremost chroniclers of the world of rock ’n’ roll and popular music, explores the extraordinary life and creative genius of Leonard Cohen.I’m Your Man is an intimate and insightful appreciation of the man responsible for “Suzanne,” “Bird on a Wire,” “Hallelujah,” and so many other unforgettable, oft-covered ballads and songs. Based on Simmons’s unparalleled access to Cohen—and written with her hallmark blend of intelligence, integrity, and style—I’m Your Man is the definitive biography of a major musical artist widely considered in a league with the great Bob Dylan.Readers of Life by Rolling Stone Keith Richards and Patti Smith’s phenomenal Just Kids will be riveted by this fascinating portrait of a singular musical icon.
LibraryThing Review An absorbing biography of a fascinating man.
LibraryThing Review Great stories; great writing. I liked Leonard more before I knew him.
LibraryThing Review I just loved this book. I love his music; saw him in a spectacular concert on his make back the money his manager stole from him tour; but didn’t know what a fascinating life he’s led. Very very well written and engrossing.
LibraryThing Review I love Leonard Cohen’s music and his voice. Guess that goes without saying since I bought and read this book! Sylvie Simmons is clearly a fan, both of the music/poetry and of the man himself. She
LibraryThing Review I’ve always loved Leonard Cohen’s music, & I was looking forward to this book because it got such good reviews. I’m partway through & I don’t know if I’ll finish, because I find I do not like Leonard
LibraryThing Review A very interesting book, telling the life of Leonard Cohen from birth to around 2011 or so, covering his career as a poet, a musican, as well as his personal and spiritual endeavours. It’s amazing
- Jane Doe
I’M YOUR MAN: The Life of Leonard Cohen An elegant, deeply researched life of the Canadian musician, poet and novelist.With the resurgence of his career in the last decade, Cohen has been the subject of several new books, but it’s hard to
The story of the life and loves and work of Leonard Cohen the poet songwriter and singer This detailed biography draws on scores of new interviews conducted with Cohen s band members past and present his business associates editors friends fans producers colleagues enemies and peers It features an authoritative summary of every Cohen album with insights and recollections supplied from the musicians who appeared on the recordings and many previously unpublished photos
A Broken Hallelujah: Rock and Roll, Redemption, and the Life of Leonard Cohen
Brings to life a passionate poet turned musician and what compels him and his work Why is it that Leonard Cohen receives the sort of reverence we reserve for a precious few living artists Why are his songs three or four decades after their original release suddenly gracing the charts blockbuster movie sound tracks and television singing competitions And why is it that while most of his contemporaries are either long dead or engaged in uninspired nostalgia tours Cohen is at the peak of his powers and popularity These are the questions at the heart of A Broken Hallelujah a meditation on the singer his music and the ideas and beliefs at its core Granted extraordinary access to Cohen s personal papers Liel Leibovitz examines the intricacies of the man whose performing career began with a crippling bout of stage fright yet who only a few years later tamed a rowdy crowd on the Isle of Wight preventing further violence the artist who had gone from a successful world tour and a movie star girlfriend to a long residency in a remote Zen retreat and the rare spiritual seeker for whom the principles of traditional Judaism the tenets of Zen Buddhism and the iconography of Christianity all align The portrait that emerges is that of an artist attuned to notions of justice lust longing loneliness and redemption and possessing the sort of voice and vision commonly reserved only for the prophets More than just an account of Cohen s life A Broken Hallelujah is an intimate look at the artist that is as emotionally astute as it is philosophically observant Delving into the sources and meaning of Cohen s work Leibovitz beautifully illuminates what Cohen is telling us and why we listen so intensely
Leonard Cohen: The Music and The Mystique
The indispensable consumer s guide to the music of Leonard CohenA track by track analysis of every song recorded on officially released albums by Cohen from his 1968 Songs Of Leonard Cohen to his most recent studio and live sets from the 21st Century Features include An up to date chronology of all the important events in Leonard Cohen s career An album by album track by track analysis Special section on compilation albums Photographs and CD cover art
Too Weird for Ziggy
In Pussy the girl singer of the eponymous band cracks up after her lover and the band s creative center dies When her manager tracks her down she is living anonymously in an East Village tenement rarely going outdoors and hoarding her own discarded hair dead skin and other physical castoffs In Greetings from Finsbury Park a British rock star comes home from L A only to find that the customs agent going through his suitcase is an embittered ex schoolmate whose wife once slept with the star before he was famous In A Happy Ending a deeply shell shocked ex superstar think Brian Wilson struggles to keep the voices in his head quiet during a meeting with a hot new producer for a comeback album the A R boss envisions as an unholy alliance of Neil Young and Public Enemy Love Stain charts the emergence of devotional offerings cottage industries and a pecking order of proximity to the spot where an up and coming young rocker dropped dead on speedballs outside a London club and his best friend chats up a rock journalist about the tragedy and the conspiracy to murder his friend all while trying to get her to cover his own band In Rhinestone Tombstone Blues country music singer songwriter LeeAnn Starmountain copes with the disappearance of her inspiration the violent fantasies of her abusive mother s death which she can no longer indulge in after her mother actually perishes cooked to death by her electric blanket after a stroke In Close to You a cult devoted to Karen Carpenter springs up after the singer s image appears in the paint on the wall of a London kebab shop In From a Great Height controversy erupts when the frontman of America s biggest rock band urinates off his hotel balcony soaking a crowd of adoring fans In And Alien Tears a California limo driver with a gift for Jim Morrison impersonation becomes a star in his own right in Germany hosting a talk show as Jim The hottest band of cock rockers in America finds their tour going off the rails in Allergic to Kansas when the misogynist lead singer starts growing breasts In Diet Cola Cancer Pussy the lead character in the first story returns post breakdown and racking up the younger boyfriends and even gets sued when one of said boyfriends commits an indiscretion at an LA rock club and Pussy douses the paramour in carcinogenic Diet Coke In I Kissed Willie Nelson s Nipple LeeAnn visits England on command performance for the Queen and tells the story of her many marriages the greatest hits of her abusive relationships and the self explanatory Willie Nelson film role that put her career back on track In Spitting Image The 80s Retro Track the famous British television show they made the puppets for Genesis s famous Land of Confusion video agrees to sell one of their puppets to the star it comically represents but when the puppet is kidnapped on the way to its new home and someone sends the star the puppet piece by violently detached piece he finds himself cracking up In Too Weird for Ziggy A Dream of Holes a famous rock god is dead and MTV isn t content to let him rest So in an unprecedented live television séance at the palatial home of one of LA s most overcompensated rock managers they hire a voodoo practitioner to raise him from the dead on live television In Jeremiah 18 1 10 the band from From a Great Height returns and now the drummer has a stalker who claims God has commanded her to become his wife The trouble is she seems so innocent and naïve no one takes her seriously until the drummer s stripper fiancée suddenly turns up dead In The Audience Isn t Listening the bass player and guitarist from the same band cope with the rumor that the megalomaniacal singer is planning to dissolve the band and keep the name while the guitarist s wife has secret designs of her own on the singer In Baudelaire s Dog the cracked up Brian Wilson type from Happy Ending is back with the album in the can and a press conference to get through but he is having a hard time keeping quiet about his constant visions of the brother he secretly murdered during his years of madness In Autograph Spike the rockstar from Finsbury Park and Pussy s second new boyfriend in Diet Cola has a new problem to contend with the ex girlfriend he dumped as soon as his band got big She s a nurse with ready access to narcotics and when he goes home for his mother s funeral she gets a junkie to help her kidnap him and gives him her autograph with a tattoo gun on his privates Unfortunately her name is Minerva Mini Smallwood Finally in Patron Saint of Amputees Pussy returns waking up in the bed of a much younger MTV VJ the morning after the séance party to drag herself to a meeting with her record company about making a comeback album Only they have news for her It s Pussy her plus her ex backing band or nothhhhhing and Taylor the supposedly dead ex love of her life Alive and well She s not sticking around to find out more she bolts and asks her limo driver recognizable as the ex Jim Morrison impersonator to take her the fuck out