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The Song of Leonard Cohen: Including the Unpublished Bob Dylan Diaries: Portrait of a Poet, a Friendship and a Film Paperback – 1 Dec 2007

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Product details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Mosaic Press (1 Dec. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0889627428
  • ISBN-13: 978-0889627420
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 15.5 x 1.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,727,985 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I'm quite a fan of Leonard Cohen, especially his lyrics so this book was great for me. When I first began to read it I found it a little difficult to get into, the way it is written is slightly unusual but once I became accustomed to it I finished the book in under a week.
Don't buy this book if you're looking for a classic biography of Cohen, it's not. Buy it if you want an insight into the man, his music and his life but written from a very different angle. Harry Rasky is a friend of Leonard's and he made a movie about him which basically entailed following him around on tour etc. and videotaping short interviews and clips of his everyday life. The book is an account of the making of the film and is interspersed with lyrics where appropriate to illustrate Harry's questioning. In it Leonard talks about how he feels about various subjects but mainly his music and his life.
I really enjoyed reading this book, there are some funny, heartwarming and insightful moments and it kept my attention easily. I've since tried to find the film in question but unfortunately to no avail. I have a feeling that much of what was in the film is right here in the book though. In conclusion, an unusual but entertaining read about an unusual and entertaining man!!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Read Leonard Cohen NOT his hangers-on! 17 Aug. 2001
By D. Ihadi - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
By far this is the worst book ever written about Leonard Cohen. To start with a good portion of the book is comprised of Leonard Cohen's poems and lyrics! The rest is badly written drivel about a man who made a fairly mediocre TV documentary about Leonard Cohen more than 20 years ago. Suffice to say that the book is nothing but a tool to vent off Mr. Rasky's anger at the world for not recognizing his 'talents' as a filmmaker. I did like the book cover but wait a minute that was taken from Leonard Cohen's last album cover as well.
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1.0 out of 5 stars don't bother 14 Aug. 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I love Leonard Cohen and try to read whatever is available about him. This book was so miserable, I couldn't even finish it. The person who wrote it is a whiney sycophant. This horrible drivel isn't worth the paper it's printed on. It really makes the reader hate the person who wrote it. Don't buy this, not even used for a nickel. 'Nuff said...
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