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.
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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 imagine a better one than that of veteran music journalist Simmons (Neil Young: Reflections in Broken Glass, 2001, etc.). Born into a wealthy family of Jewish clothiers in Montreal, Cohen became one of
LibraryThing Review An absorbing biography of a fascinating man.
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 Great stories; great writing. I liked Leonard more before I knew him.
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 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 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
Elvis Music FAQ: All That’s Left to Know About the King’s Recorded Works
FAQ Why is Elvis Presley s body of recorded work still so relevant nearly 60 years after he began recording Elvis Music FAQ is for anyone who has been inspired by an Elvis Presley record Following in the tradition of the FAQ series in Elvis Music FAQ a lot of rare information is woven together in one concise entertaining package There are chapters about every year of Elvis s career including a look at his pioneering original record label Sun insight on his management the continued importance of television in his career a summation of each Presley concert tour the inside scoop about the role Elvis s band members and songwriters played in his sound stories about the amusing musical oddities created by those trying to ride on the Elvis success train details about the contentious role drugs played in his career and finally a full review of every record the King ever issued One might say that the only truths about Elvis Presley can be found in the grooves of his records where his natural talent and passion for music comes through always Elvis Music FAQ aims to be the one essential companion that explains the reason why the voice heard over the speakers still carries such resonance Dozens of rare images accompany this engaging text
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
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
Leonard Cohen on Leonard Cohen: Interviews and Encounters
A treasure trove for Leonard Cohen fans the dazzling wide ranging collection of interviews that Jeff Burger has unearthed not only offers the songwriter s story in his own words but reveals that Cohen s language in conversation can be every bit as magnificent as his lyrics Alan Light author of The Holy or the Broken This book collects more than fifty interviews with Leonard Cohen one of the most admired performers of the last half century conducted worldwide between 1966 and 2012 and also includes a foreword by singer Suzanne Vega and eight pages of rarely seen photos In it the artist talks about Bird on the Wire Hallelujah Famous Blue Raincoat and his other classic songs He candidly discusses his famous romances his years in a Zen monastery his ill fated collaboration with producer Phil Spector and his long battle with depression He also comments on his sometimes controversial poetry and novels the financial crisis that nearly wiped out his savings and his remarkable late career resurgence Here you ll find interviews that first appeared in the New York Times and Rolling Stone but also conversations that have not previously been printed in English as well as many illuminating reminiscences that contributors supplied specifically for this definitive anthology Jeff Burger is the editor of Springsteen on Springsteen He has contributed to Barron s Family Circle GQ the Los Angeles Times Reader s Digest and more than seventy five other magazines newspapers and books He lives in Ridgewood New Jersey