Leonard Cohen: Everybody Knows

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(Book). No other contemporary songwriter has created a body of work of such consistent quality, and such singular emotional and intellectual brilliance, as Leonard Cohen. His smoke-black vocal style navigates the most sophisticated and arresting of melodies in songs infused with romance, innuendo, and humor. Arriving at the '60s pop-music party fashionably late, Cohen released his debut album Songs of Leonard Cohen in 1967. At 33 years of age, he was the adult in the room, a room brimming, then as now, with literary pretension and artistic

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Overview

(Book). No other contemporary songwriter has created a body of work of such consistent quality, and such singular emotional and intellectual brilliance, as Leonard Cohen. His smoke-black vocal style navigates the most sophisticated and arresting of melodies in songs infused with romance, innuendo, and humor. Arriving at the '60s pop-music party fashionably late, Cohen released his debut album Songs of Leonard Cohen in 1967. At 33 years of age, he was the adult in the room, a room brimming, then as now, with literary pretension and artistic self-importance. But Cohen, already established as a respected poet and novelist, was the real deal. In the decades since, he has battled with drugs, love, and bankruptcy; become a Buddhist monk while simultaneously reaffirming his Jewish faith; and recorded 11 more albums of unfailingly affecting beauty. Beginning with Cohen the young poet and author in his home town of Montreal and ending with his 2012 release Old Ideas and recent acclaimed live performances, Everybody Knows honors Leonard Cohen's 80th birthday by celebrating his genius and tracing his rise to stardom through 200 photographs and the thoughts, memories, and reflections of those who have both worked with and been inspired by him.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
10/3/2014
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

(c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781480386280
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
  • Publication date: 9/9/2014
  • Pages: 226
  • Sales rank: 343,694
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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Harvey Kubernik

Harvey Kubernik is a former West Coast director of A&R for MCA Records, a TV music and talk show host, and has been a production consultant to the weekly syndicated radio show, "Little Steven's Underground Garage." He lives in the Los Angeles area.

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