Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen



Leonard Norman Cohen CC GOQ (September 21, 1934 – November 7, 2016) was a Canadian singer, songwriter, musician, poet, novelist, and painter. 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 honor. 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.



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 Leonard Cohen's 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.
"Suzanne" is a song written by Canadian poet and musician Leonard Cohen in the 1960s.

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Stream The New “Sincerely, L. Cohen: A Live Celebration of Leonard Cohen”
  –  September 21, 2017
In the album liner notes to this collection, music critic Justin Joffe writes, “Sincerely, L. Cohen: A Live Celebration of Leonard Cohen could have been a solemn affair. But all performers took the celebration part to heart, infusing Cohen’s most ...
God is Alive, Magic Is Afoot: Recalling the Wondrous Leonard Cohen
  –  September 21, 2017
Leonard Norman Cohen was born on this day, the 21st of September, in 1934, in Westmont, an English-speaking enclave of Montreal. His mother was the child of a renowned rabbi and scholar, his father the son of a founder of the Canadian Jewish Congress and ...
A son's daunting duty: Adam Cohen a little overwhelmed by task of overseeing Leonard tribute
  –  September 21, 2017
Adam Cohen, like his father, Leonard Cohen, has a way with words, and he has a remarkably poetic way of talking about everyday life. But when asked during an interview Monday morning what the year since his dad’s death has been like, Adam doesn’t beat ...
WATCH: Posthumous video for Leonard Cohen’s ‘Leaving the Table’
  –  September 21, 2017
An animated video has been released for Leonard Cohen’s “Leaving the Table”, taken from the later singer-songwriter’s final album. Cohen died November last year at the age of 82, soon after the release of his album “You Want It Darker”.
Watch The New Video For Leonard Cohen's "Leaving The Table"
  –  September 20, 2017
Leonard Cohen's son, Adam Cohen has teamed up with director, Christopher Mills to produce the music video for the late singer's "Leaving the Table." An animated video has been released for Leonard Cohen's "Leaving the Table," a song that appeared on the ...
Animated Leonard Cohen 'Leaving the Table' Video Released
  –  September 20, 2017
(Radio.com) Leonard Cohen's You Want It Darker was shortlisted for a 2017 Polaris Music Prize, and the Canadian awards presenters premiered an animated video for Cohen's "Leaving the Table," which is now widely available. In the clip, director Christopher ...
One Year Memorial for Leonard Cohen Announced Featuring Lana Del Rey, Feist, Elvis Costello
  –  September 19, 2017
It’s been a year since the world lost legendary artist Leonard Cohen and his family has announced a one year memorial concert to honor the late musician. The “Tower of Song: A Memorial Tribute to Leonard Cohen” will be at the Bell Centre in Montreal ...
Watch Leonard Cohen’s ‘Leaving The Table’ Animated Video
  –  September 19, 2017
Renowned singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen issued his final album You Want It Darker a few weeks prior to his death last year at the age of 82. An animated video for the album track “Leaving The Table” has been posthumously released. Cohen’s album was ...
Polaris Music Prize: Lido Pimienta Wins, Leonard Cohen’s Posthumous Video
  –  September 19, 2017
Lido Pimienta won the Polaris Music Prize last night for her album La Papessa. The Polaris Music Prize is awarded to the best full-length album by a Canadian artist, based strictly on artistic merit, as determined by an 11-member grand jury who are in turn ...
Leonard Cohen – “Leaving The Table” Video
  –  September 19, 2017
Last year, only a few weeks before he died, Leonard Cohen released You Want It Darker, a profound and thoughtful goodbye album. In retrospect, songs like “Leaving The Table” were always about preparing for death. And at last night’s Polaris Awards ...
Leonard Cohen Flies Across His Native Montreal In The Touching, Animated ‘Leaving The Table’ Video
  –  September 19, 2017
On November 7, 2016, Leonard Cohen, the masterful Canadian singer-songwriter died, just a few short weeks after releasing one, final, incredible album You Want It Darker. Today, Cohen’s label has shared a brand new video for one of the song’s from that ...
Sting Set For Leonard Cohen Tribute Concert
  –  September 19, 2017
Sting will take part in an upcoming tribute concert to the late Leonard Cohen, scheduled to take place on the anniversary of his death. "My father left me with a list of instructions before he passed: 'Put me in a pine box next to my mother and father.
WATCH: Leonard Cohen’s Posthumous Video For ‘Leaving The Table’
  –  September 19, 2017
The 2017 Polaris Gala, whose website says they aim to present awards to Canadian artists based on their “artistic integrity,” took place Monday, September 18. Among the evening’s delights was a new posthumous video for Leonard Cohen’s “Leaving ...
Lana Del Rey, Elvis Costello, Sting to Lead Leonard Cohen Tribute in Montreal
  –  September 19, 2017
Philip Glass, Feist, Lumineers members and more tapped for Tower of Song: A Memorial Tribute to Leonard Cohen on anniversary of Cohen's death Lana Del Rey, Elvis Costello, Philip Glass and Feist awill perform at a Leonard Cohen tribute concert to mark the ...
Montreal's new 20-storey Leonard Cohen mural is almost complete (PHOTOS)
  –  September 19, 2017
Montreal’s newest tribute to the legendary Leonard Cohen is almost complete. The 8,500 square-metre mural is being painted on a 20-storey building on Crescent Street, just north of Sainte Catherine Street West. Mayor Denis Coderre announced the ...
Details on Upcoming Leonard Cohen Tribute Concert
  –  September 19, 2017
The event, which comes nearly a year after Cohen's November 7, 2016 death at the age of 82 from cancer, is being co-produced by Cohen's singer-songwriter son Adam and Hal Wilner and will feature performances by the younger Cohen, Sting, Elvis Costello, k.d ...
Watch A Heartbreakingly Beautiful Tribute To Leonard Cohen
  –  September 19, 2017
In a posthumous new video for Leonard Cohen's "Leaving The Table," an animated paper cutout of the late singer dances and flies over a cityscape of Montreal, free as a bird, untethered from the mortal world. "I'm leaving the table," he sings as the ...
Leonard Cohen memorial concert to feature Lana Del Rey, Sting and Elvis Costello
  –  September 19, 2017
The family of singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen has announced a benefit concert in Montreal to mark the first anniversary of his death. The concert, called “Tower of Song: A Memorial Tribute to Leonard Cohen,” will be held on November 6 in Cohen’s ...
Watch Leonard Cohen's Posthumous Music Video 'Leaving The Table'
  –  September 19, 2017
The same day Leonard Cohen’s son announced a star-studded tribute concert to his father in Montreal, the Polaris Music Awards premiered a brand new animated video for the late legend’s “Leaving The Table” from his shortlisted album, You Want It Darker.
Lana del Rey and Sting to headline Leonard Cohen tribute concert
  –  September 19, 2017
Lana del Rey, Sting, and Elvis Costello are to headline a Leonard Cohen tribute concert organised by the late singer's family. Damien Rice, k.d. Lang, Philip Glass and Feist will also perform at the event, held at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada on 6 ...
Sting, Costello to perform in Leonard Cohen tribute concert
  –  September 19, 2017
One year after Leonard Cohen died, top musicians including Sting, Elvis Costello and Philip Glass will remember him with a concert in his native Montreal, his family announced Monday. The 6 November tribute at Montreal’s Bell Centre arena will benefit ...
Exclusive: Watch the new animated video for Leonard Cohen's 'Leaving the Table'
  –  September 19, 2017
Celebrating the best of Canadian music from 2017. The Polaris Prize awards the best full-length Canadian album based on artistic merit, regardless of genre, sales, or record label. Hear this year's short-list nominees A Tribe Called Red, Tragically Hip ...
Elvis Costello, Lana Del Ray headline Leonard Cohen tribute
  –  September 18, 2017
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Elvis Costello and Lana Del Ray will headline a tribute concert for singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen in November to mark a year since his death. Cohen's family announced "Tower of Song: A Memorial Tribute to Leonard Cohen" on Monday.
Lana Del Rey, Elvis Costello to Headline Leonard Cohen Tribute Concert
  –  September 18, 2017
The family of Leonard Cohen announced that “Tower of Song: A Memorial Tribute to Leonard Cohen” will be held to mark the first anniversary of the singer-songwriter’s passing on Nov. 6 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada. Elvis Costello, Lana Del ...
Leonard Cohen memorial concert in Montreal to feature Sting, Elvis Costello
  –  September 18, 2017
The concert, called “Tower of Song: A Memorial Tribute to Leonard Cohen,” will be held Nov. 6 in Cohen’s hometown, his family said Monday. It will benefit the Canada Council, which awards grants to Canadian arts projects, and helped Cohen in the ...
Costello, Sting to lead Leonard Cohen tribute concert
  –  September 18, 2017
Elvis Costello, Sting and Lana Del Rey are just some of the stars set to headline a tribute concert to Leonard Cohen in his hometown of Montreal in November. The concert, called “Tower of Song: A Memorial Tribute to Leonard Cohen,” will take place at ...
Members of The Lumineers to perform at Leonard Cohen tribute
  –  September 18, 2017
Other artists scheduled to play the event include Elvis Costello, Lana Del Rey, Feist and Sting, plus Cohen's son Adam Cohen, who organized the concert. "My father left me with a list of instructions before he passed: 'Put me in a pine box next to my ...
Leonard Cohen Tribute Concert to Feature Elvis Costello, More
  –  September 18, 2017
It’s been almost one year since Leonard Cohen passed away last November, and to commemorate the anniversary, Cohen’s family has announced a star-studded tribute concert. Tower of Song: A Memorial Tribute to Leonard Cohen will feature Elvis Costello ...

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