Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen



Leonard Norman Cohen CC GOQ (September 21, 1934 – November 7, 2016) was a Canadian poet, songwriter, singer, musician, and novelist. His work explored religion, politics, isolation, sexuality, and personal relationships.[2] Cohen was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He was a Companion of the Order of Canada, the nation's highest civilian honour. In 2011, Cohen received one of the Prince of Asturias Awards for literature and the ninth Glenn Gould Prize.

Cohen pursued a career as a poet and novelist during the 1950s and early 1960s; he did not launch a music career until 1967, at the age of 33. His first album, Songs of Leonard Cohen (1967), was followed by three more albums of folk music: Songs from a Room (1969), Songs of Love and Hate (1971) and New Skin for the Old Ceremony (1974). His 1977 record Death of a Ladies' Man was co-written and produced by Phil Spector, which was a move away from Cohen's previous minimalist sound. In 1979, Cohen returned with the more traditional Recent Songs, which blended his acoustic style with jazz and Oriental and Mediterranean influences. Perhaps Cohen's most famous song, "Hallelujah" was first released on his studio album Various Positions in 1984. I'm Your Man in 1988 marked Cohen's turn to synthesized productions and remains his most popular album. In 1992, Cohen released its follow-up, The Future, which had dark lyrics and references to political and social unrest.

Cohen returned to music in 2001 with the release of Ten New Songs, which was a major hit in Canada and Europe. His eleventh album, Dear Heather, followed in 2004. After a successful string of tours between 2008 and 2010, Cohen released three albums in the final four years of his life: Old Ideas (2012), Popular Problems (2014) and You Want It Darker (2016), the last of which was released three weeks before his death.



"Hallelujah" is a song written by Canadian singer Leonard Cohen, originally released on his album Various Positions (1984).
Beautiful Losers
Beautiful Losers is the second and final novel by Canadian writer and musician Leonard Cohen.
You Want It Darker
You Want It Darker is the fourteenth and final studio album by Canadian singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen, released on October 21, 2016, by Columbia Records, 19 days before Cohen's death.
"Suzanne" is a song written by Canadian poet and musician Leonard Cohen in the 1960s.

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Love Letter To A Record: Hen On The Corrs’ ‘Forgiven, Not Forgotten’
  –  January 18, 2018
I can think of only one other; Leonard Cohen’s Live in London. As a teen girl, you got me out of bed even on the hard days, just knowing that tearing those sheets off meant that I got to be in your world again was enough. As an adult, I found myself ...
Talking with The National’s Matt Berninger before the band’s first Vegas show
  –  January 18, 2018
[I listened to] Tom Waits, Nick Cave and Leonard Cohen, and then Bob Dylan, Neil Young, then the Pixies, Breeders, Pavement, Guided by Voices—and all that stuff was eventually part of the mix of what I think of The National evolved into. The other guys ...
A question of taste - Mike Hanrahan
  –  January 18, 2018
First ever piece of music or art that really moved you: ‘Sisters of Mercy’ from the first album, Songs of Leonard Cohen. I have all the rest since. The best gig or show you’ve ever seen (if you had to pick one!): Antony and the Johnsons at Vicar ...
David Byrne leads Choir! Choir! Choir! in covers of Bowie and Madonna: Watch
  –  January 18, 2018
Toronto’s Choir! Choir! Choir! is an open-invitation singing group known for its massive tributes to music legends like Leonard Cohen and Chris Cornell. It turns out David Byrne is a big fan of their work, posting on Facebook that he’s “sat mesmerize ...
What Tiffany Trump Was Really Doing in Vegas Last Weekend
  –  January 18, 2018
Trump attended the intimate gathering wearing a tight black mini-dress and walked down the aisle throwing pink petals out of a blue Tiffany & Co. shopping bag while Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” played throughout the venue. One guest wore shorts and a ...
Zen team practices in Los Olivos
  –  January 18, 2018
“What moves me at the moment is the music of Leonard Cohen,” he said, noting he’d just returned from a music festival in Canada. “This is when you know the Sangha is working … when you see the pain and suffering, and it moves you.” Abrahamson ...
Peter Yarrow comes to Daytona Beach in 'Lonesome Traveler' performance
  –  January 17, 2018
The show is also expected to include "Hallelujah" and a tribute to songwriter Leonard Cohen, who died last year. As for Yarrow's part, he said he will expect to play the songs people would hope to hear from him, including "If I Had a Hammer" and "Puff ...
Watch David Byrne Lead Public Choir In Bowie & Madonna Covers In NYC
  –  January 17, 2018
Months before the death of Leonard Cohen, a video (that now has almost 7 million views) circulated the internet of fellow Canadian folk icon Rufus Wainwright singing Cohen’s “Hallelujah” with a warehouse full of people. That project was led by a ...
Kaia Kater is redefining roots music for a new generation
  –  January 17, 2018
The Band, Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young ... the list is long and illustrious, deeply soulful, and best of all, real. Crossing musical lines and bringing back something new and wonderful for all, an excellent example of import and export ...
Killen Streaming New Song 'Tired Of Being Broke'
  –  January 17, 2018
We were sent these details about the music direction of Killen: "KILLEN's music is comprised of muscular riffs that flex with the strength of classic rock bands (drawing diverse comparisons to everyone from 80's-era Leonard Cohen to Springsteen to Bowie to ...
Flute choir performs free concert at North River Civic Center
  –  January 17, 2018
The choir is conducted by Nora Kile, assisted by Sandy Morris. Music will include original works for flute choir plus arrangements of audience favorites such as "Chattanooga Choo Choo" and Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah." For more information: 423-842-4570.
John Harris: The Man Who Breeds Success
  –  January 16, 2018
Highly Recommended”. Alumni and faculty contributed to Leonard Cohen’s Memorial Concert on CBC, Neil Young's live concert from Omemee, Shania Twain's Grey Cup half-time show, Gord Downie's Juno-winning Secret Path, The Weeknd's #1 album Starboy and ...
An Unusual Jewish Novel, Full of Blood and Incense
  –  January 16, 2018
Namdar actually has less in common with those novelists, whose imaginations were largely secular, than with Cynthia Ozick, who has grappled with religious prohibition, or with the young Leonard Cohen, who harangued an audience in Montreal in 1964 ...
W. Kamau Bell picks a ‘Playlist’ for Oakland Symphony concert
  –  January 16, 2018
His annual “Let us Break Bread” concerts are a fabulous mix — just last month, the choral concert featured Prince and Leonard Cohen songs alongside traditional holiday favorites. Once he was clear on the playlist concept, Bell says he quickly got on ...
Canada Post welcomes Year of the Dog - Lunar New Year stamps adorned in red and gold
  –  January 15, 2018
Famous Canadians born under this sign include Justin Bieber, Leonard Cohen and Lucy Maud Montgomery. Click here for stamp images and Details magazine.
‘Artists today have more power than they realize’
  –  January 15, 2018
Critical acclaim, Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, Neil Young, absolutely. But needle-moving, earth-shattering sales figures, not so much. In the 1980s there was Celine Dion, in the 1990s there was Shania Twain. And there are honourable mentions along the way ...
‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Season 2 Teaser Trailer Finds Elisabeth Moss in Revolt
  –  January 14, 2018
The most egregious example came from the teaser trailer for A Cure for Wellness, which turned The Ramones’ anthemic “I Wanna Be Sedated” into a pile of maudlin trash, but I also hold that horrible cover of Leonard Cohen‘s “Everybody Knows” at ...
On the Rise of Wolf Parade, Who Blew Up After Playing Phoenix
  –  January 13, 2018
Influenced by both John Cale and Leonard Cohen, Cry Cry Cry represents a sort of indie meets mid-1970s prog rock sound that delivers the goods for both new and old fans alike. According to Boeckner, Wolf Parade plans to tour for much of 2018 and record a ...
Leonard Cohen's last book, Charlotte Cardin's first album: great expectations for 2018
  –  January 6, 2018
Leonard Cohen has felt every bit as present in our culture since his death as he did when still with us, and that is not about to change in 2018. Three months ago, news came from Cohen’s longtime Canadian publishers McClelland & Stewart that next October ...
Leonard Cohen fans share their personal stories
  –  December 28, 2017
On the first anniversary of Leonard Cohen's death, CBC Montreal's Daybreak asked listeners to send in their stories of what he meant to them. The response was overwhelming. Here are just a few excerpts from the touching personal essays which were sent in.
I’m just gonna say it. George Michael dying a year ago upset me more than Bowie, Prince and Leonard Cohen put together
  –  December 25, 2017
One year on, losing the Faith singer is still just the worst. The cavalcade of sadness, disappointment and horror that was 2016 could not have ended more poignantly for me. 9 reasons you’re an idiot for not liking Radiohead I was enjoying rather a lovely ...

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