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Music journalist Kubernik (Turn up the Radio! Rock, Pop, and Roll in Los Angeles, 1956—1972) presents an 80th-birthday tribute to poet, author, and singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen in a photo/interview format. He includes interview excerpts from Cohen's biographers (Ira Nadel, Sylvie Simmons) and fellow musicians (e.g., Judy Collins and Charlie Daniels), along with his conversational take on the life and work of Cohen. The singer-songwriter aspired to be the Canadian Bob Dylan after frequenting the clubs in New York's Greenwich Village. His poetry and music were inspired by his encounters with the Beat writers and the influence of rabbis on both sides of his family. Cohen's work often includes themes of political and personal betrayal and Old Testament judgment. Cohen has influenced many musicians, most notably Nick Cave. A detailed discography is included.
Verdict This book will appeal to the growing number of Leonard Cohen fans. Readers interested in further exploration would enjoy Simmons's I'm Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen and Nadel's Various Positions: A Life of Leonard Cohen.—Elizabeth D. Eisen, Appleton P.L., WI
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