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I'm Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen Paperback – 6 Jun 2013
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"Cohen gets the music biography he truly deserves" (Mojo)
"Simmons’ clear affection for her subject helps to illuminate Cohen’s motivations and working methods and gives an intriguing insight into his singular mind" (Sunday Times)
"The year’s most meticulous, elegant and satisfying rock book" (Independent)
"Simmons loves language, hates cliché and takes her time... [she] recreates long-gone incidents with such vigour that you’d swear Simmons was there at the time, sitting in the corner and taking notes" (Guardian)
"A well-rounded portrait of the poet-singer…his dry wit finds an echo in Simmons’s phrase-making" (Financial Times)
Published to coincide with Leonard Cohen's exclusive show at London’s The O2 on Friday 21 June 2013. This book contains exclusive material and interviews making it THE biography to buy on Leonard Cohen - singer-songwriter, musician, poet, and novelist.See all Product description
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Although I have followed Leonard's career consistently since 1968, Sylvie's book still brings many revelations. Stories that were only touched upon by the music press are explained more fully; Leonard's tour of mental hospitals in the late Sixties; his communication with artist/psychiatric patient Daphne Richardson, his stint with the Israeli army, his arrival onstage at a festival in France on a horse, his interest in Velikovsky, and most surprisingly an early encounter with Jimi Hendrix. Sylvie doesn't attempt any deep critical analysis of Leonard's writings, but she gives sufficient outlines, and makes astute observations about some of his songs such as "The Gypsy's Wife". She also writes a relatively lengthy piece about "Hallelujah". The later years are covered thoroughly, with mention of all of Leonard's lesser-known projects in the Nineties and new millennium. There is a vivid evocation of his life as a Buddhist monk, and his time with Ramesh Balsekar in India. There is also a detailed description of the financial crisis that led to his remarkable return to touring in 2008, and the release of his album "Old Ideas" in 2012. That said, I would still like to see the recorded evidence for Leonard's birth time!
Leonard Cohen still have the power to touch soul, with the Music, lyrics or with his deeply voice!!!
Love him, and this book help to understand Leonard as man.
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