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Leonard Cohen: A Remarkable Life Hardcover – 4 Oct 2010
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The title really is spot on --Q magazine
About the Author
Anthony Reynolds is a critically acclaimed musician, journalist and author. This is his third book.
Top Customer Reviews
That [bit of Aristotle] said, I still want to mention a few of the book's highlights: Leonard's Hydra and New York City years are there with a real sense of place and rhythm. The chapters on the Death Of A Ladies' Man sessions in 1976/7 and that horrendous financial crisis in 2005 are full of detail and lucid disclosures. On other matters, several Johns: Lissauer, Bilezikjian and Miller, have a lot to say and I didn't ever lose the plot once.
Leonard's had clearly been a life [of 71 years] so remarkable already, for goodness' sake, in all those busy decades prior to his massive financial crisis in 2005. Five years on, 2010, AR has taken the opportunity to detail an even more remarkable life [e.g. with almost 250 concerts since then on the so ambitious 2008-2010 Tour, with Leonard now at 76, for goodness sake - BUT for which, of course so many of us will be for ever thankful in a very weird kinda way]. I would have liked more, however, about individual songs and Philip Glass's song cycle [not a `musical', p.278] `Book Of Longing' in 2007 deserved more consideration.Read more ›
To sum up, if you want to learn a little about Cohens life this provides a glimpse but a reasonably comprehensive glimpse. An autobiography could be more interesting, or it could be too cleaned up. Lacking this the current book is well worth your time and money.
Reynold's sparse but fluid use of language and externalised internal monologue is superb. It's littered with facts and dates and all the usual information vomit biographies tend to bring with them. Yet, the way Reynold's light and affectionate prose disguises even the most trivial of detail is the mark of a writer with ink in his veins. I genuinely had a hard time putting it down. I almost made myself want to go to toilet so I could sit in peace and continue reading without (much) interruption :)
Okay, there are some proof reading clangers, but that will be mended once it goes into second print. Something, I am sure, a book as cleverly and intelligently approached & executed as this, will do.
Anyone who thinks of buying this book, please go to the leonardcohenforum and read the lengthy and insightful reviews of D B Cohen and Tom Sakic and you will know that this is a waste of money.
I am not English-speaking but even for me this was disastrous, a real shame that a man like Leonard Cohen who is a master of words is the subject of such a poor book. Luckily I borrowed the book and did not spend anything on it.
Those who rated this four or five stars clearly have no knowledge of the life and work of Mr Cohen, who is a remarkable man, indeed.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is so badly written that I am struggling to read it. I am great Leonard Cohen fan and bought this despite other poor reveiws because I thought that as I love the man so... Read morePublished on 9 Oct. 2011 by Jax
This is a very focused biography in that it has a lot of detail regarding the regarding the recording sessions, who was present, who did what and apart from the universal... Read morePublished on 28 July 2011 by Mark S. Edwards
I dont know if this book was rushed out to meet a deadline but there are some serious faults with it. Read morePublished on 6 Mar. 2011 by steve w
This is a very well-researched and thoroughly fascinating book, the best biography of Leonard Cohen that I've read. Read morePublished on 1 Mar. 2011 by Jaylincoln
Loved this book. I recently read Reynolds' excellent Walker Brothers biog which vividly depicted a time when popular music & its' consumption were very different animals than they... Read morePublished on 27 Feb. 2011 by eggstationzebra