Author

Leonard Cohen cover

photo credits: Wikimedia Commons

Leonard Cohen

Canadian poet and singer-songwriter

Leonard Norman Cohen (September 21, 1934 – November 7, 2016) was a Canadian singer-songwriter, poet, and novelist. His work explored religion, politics, isolation, depression, sexuality, loss, death and romantic relationships. 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 invested as a Companion of the Order of Canada, the nation's highest civilian honour. 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, and did not begin 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, co-written and produced by Phil Spector, 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, East Asian, 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. 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 11th album, Dear Heather, followed in 2004. Following a successful string of tours between 2008 and 2013, 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. A posthumous album titled Thanks for the Dance was released in November 2019, his fifteenth and final studio album.
Read more or edit on Wikipedia

Series

0

Works

14

Beautiful Losers

novel by Leonard Cohen

author: Leonard Cohen

1966

Flowers for Hitler

book by Leonard Cohen

author: Leonard Cohen

1964

Let Us Compare Mythologies

book by Leonard Cohen

author: Leonard Cohen

The Favourite Game

novel by Leonard Cohen

author: Leonard Cohen

1963

Parasites of Heaven

book by Leonard Cohen

author: Leonard Cohen

1966

The Energy of Slaves

book by Leonard Cohen

author: Leonard Cohen

1972

Book of Longing

book by Leonard Cohen

author: Leonard Cohen

2006

Death of a Lady's Man

book by Leonard Cohen

author: Leonard Cohen

Stranger Music

book by Leonard Cohen

author: Leonard Cohen

1993

The Spice-Box of Earth

book by Leonard Cohen

author: Leonard Cohen

1961

Welcome to Inventaire

the library of your friends and communities
learn more
you are offline