Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen



Leonard Norman Cohen CC GOQ (September 21, 1934 – November 7, 2016) was a Canadian singer-songwriter, poet 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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Is Leonard Cohen the new secular saint of Montreal?
  –  March 16, 2018
In an octagonal chamber at the Musée d’Art Contemporain de Montréal, a spectator in a trancelike state hums Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” as numbers on a digital display leap up to 631. That’s how many people on Earth are streaming Cohen’s ...
Nashville Folkie Maxwell Putnam Channels Early Leonard Cohen On New Single “Anna On 85”
  –  March 15, 2018
Nashville-based folkie Maxwell Putnam has released the first single for his debut album Ode To A Tinhorn. The song, “Anna On 85,” unfolds over gently fingerpicked acoustic guitar as Putnam spins a meandering, impressionistic yarn about a romantic ...
Jason Lowe releases new album Sorrow & Splendour inspired by Leonard Cohen
  –  March 15, 2018
The boy wonder of Newcastle’s music scene has grown up. In 2008, at the age of 19, Jason Lowe was riding on a cloud. He had made waves at the East Coast Blues Festival at Byron Bay and won the Newcastle ABC Music Artist of the Year Award, which came a ...
Burnside: Five takeaways from Stars' 6-5 shootout loss
  –  March 15, 2018
We actually stole this line from Leonard Cohen, but it seems apropos given the wild swings in emotion that this game featured. After dropping the first two games of their current six-game road trip, the Stars looked very much like the team that head coach ...
Chelsea Hotel Tributes Late Leonard Cohen, Celebrates Firehall Arts Centre’s 35th Anniversary
  –  March 12, 2018
VANCOUVER – Vancouver based playwright and director Tracey Power has always believed it vital to tell Canadian stories. “We don’t need to see American and European stories all the time,” she says, “we need to see our stories, about us. I feel ...
Leonard Cohen - A Tribute by Dave Starke
  –  March 12, 2018
An exploration of the life and works of the late Leonard Cohen, performed by Dave Starke at the Rhumbelow Theatre, Pietermaritzburg. Cohen – A Tribute is an exploration of the life and works of the late Leonard Cohen. It features his music and poetry ...
Sorority Noise announce new album ‘YNAAYT’ with a Leonard Cohen cover
  –  March 12, 2018
with a cover of Leonard Cohen’s ‘Chelsea Hotel No. 2’. It’s that cover that they’ve shared alongside the announcement. It’s a tender take on the track that’s swooning and emotional. Last year we caught up with the Connecticut band to talk ...
Long-lost Leonard Cohen documentary heads to screens
  –  March 11, 2018
Forty-four years after it was first screened, a long-lost documentary on Leonard Cohen is likely to appear on screens across America this year. The movie, Leonard Cohen: Bird on a Wire, was filmed by Tony Palmer during Cohen’s 1972 tour of Europe and Israel.
Syndicado shops ‘lost’ Leonard Cohen doc
  –  March 8, 2018
Toronto-based distributor Syndicado has acquired US digital rights to a documentary following Leonard Cohen on tour in 1972 that had long been presumed lost. Bird on a Wire has been picked up by the digital-focused distributor as part of a seven-doc deal ...
Long-lost Leonard Cohen doc heads to the US
  –  March 8, 2018
Toronto-based digital distribution company Syndicado has inked a deal with British documentary director Tony Palmer that sees the company acquire digital distribution rights to seven of his documentary films for the US, including long-lost Leonard Cohen ...
Perla Batalla honours Leonard Cohen’s legacy
  –  March 7, 2018
Perla Batalla was in Europe, determined to escape the dawn of an ugly period in history, when she got news of a death that overshadowed everything happening at home in the United States. The Grammy Award–winning Mexican-American singer had got on a plane ...
Ann Wilson of Heart in concert; has new album honoring Leonard Cohen, David Bowie, Tom Petty, Chris Cornell, Amy Winehouse
  –  March 7, 2018
Vocalist Ann Wilson will bring her Ann Wilson of Heart tour to select cities. At her upcoming shows, Ann’s fans can expect to hear an assortment of Heart hits, along with tracks from her solo career. For ticketing information, go to www.annwilsonofheart.com.
Leonard Cohen - Creative Person
  –  March 5, 2018
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MAC bracing for up to 7,000 Nuit Blanche visitors at Leonard Cohen: A Crack in Everything
  –  March 3, 2018
Montreal's Musée d'art contemporain (MAC) is offering Nuit Blanche revelers a chance to have it darker inside Leonard Cohen: A Crack in Everything — an exhibition the museum calls its most successful in recent history. The MAC will have security guards ...
Tel Aviv stages Leonard Cohen exhibit
  –  March 3, 2018
A display at the Leonard Cohen exhibit in Tel Aviv. (Jennifer Tzvia MacLeod photo) Tel Aviv may seem like an odd place to memorialize Canadian singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen. But perhaps it is fitting that this tribute is held in a museum that’s ...
Leonard Cohen In A Dancefloor Banger: Franz Ferdinand’s Alex Kapranos On ‘Always Ascending’
  –  March 1, 2018
The Strokes and The White Stripes may have kickstarted rock’s revival, but it was Franz Ferdinand who took it to the dancefloor. More than a decade later, it’s where they’ve stayed. As for their fifth and most recent album? Explaining the record in a ...
Gabriel Byrne Set To Star In Leonard Cohen Inspired Film 'Death of a Ladies' Man'
  –  February 26, 2018
IFTA Lifetime recipient Gabriel Byrne has been confirmed for the Canadian/Irish co-production ‘Death of a Ladies’ Man’. The project, which takes its title from the American artist’ 1977 album is said to be inspired by Cohen’s late work.
Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal evoke the spirit of Leonard Cohen in Dance Me
  –  February 22, 2018
Among the many gifts Leonard Cohen left to the world, naming one of his songs Dance Me to the End of Love is the one that keeps on giving, at least to dance companies. A few years ago, a haunting Cohen-based show, somewhat cryptically called Dance Me to ...
Grammys 2018: Leonard Cohen Wins First Solo Grammy
  –  January 28, 2018
The late Leonard Cohen was awarded the first solo Grammy Award of his career at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards tonight. The legend has been awarded Best Rock Performance for “You Want It Darker,” the title track from his final studio album. In 2010 ...

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