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He's his own man,
This review is from: I'm Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen (Paperback)
Let's face it, most biographies of rock musicians are not actually very interesting. After a certain amount of reading about alcohol abuse, substance abuse, people abuse and hotel room abuse, it all becomes a little tiring. In turn, this is because most rock musicians (and there are honourable exceptions) have an inner life that scarcely extends beyond the existential worry about where the next groupie or the next hit of cocaine is coming from.
Leonard Cohen, on the other hand, is an interesting man who has had an interesting life. Poet, novelist and intellectual, inadvertent songwriter turned very reluctant stage performer, he's been part of my own life for forty-five years, and yet, on reading this outstanding biography, I realised that I had known almost nothing about him. I can't say that now:it's hard to imagine how this biography could ever be bettered, or indeed why anyone would try. It's full of revealing detail, and especially good on the 1960s - can you really imagine Cohen and Jimi Hendrix jamming "Suzanne" together? Me neither.
If there's a weakness in this book, it's simply that it's a Life and not a Life and Works. the definitive book (or indeed any decent one) on Cohen's songs has yet to be written. Hurry up, someone.