Leonard Cohen: Hallelujah: A New Biography

Overview

A man of many hats, Leonard Cohen - currently in his mid seventies - is so much more than the consummate songwriter and performer most eagerly associated with his name. On top of the hugely influential music and poetry, and the shows that even now receive enormous critical acclaim, Cohen is a novelist of considerable repute, a master of dry but hilarious comedy - always ready with an amusing anecdote - and an explorer of his inner being, having spent five years in the 1990s at a Buddhist Monastery, meditating for...

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Overview

A man of many hats, Leonard Cohen - currently in his mid seventies - is so much more than the consummate songwriter and performer most eagerly associated with his name. On top of the hugely influential music and poetry, and the shows that even now receive enormous critical acclaim, Cohen is a novelist of considerable repute, a master of dry but hilarious comedy - always ready with an amusing anecdote - and an explorer of his inner being, having spent five years in the 1990s at a Buddhist Monastery, meditating for up to 12 hours a day. All of which - and plenty more besides - make for one of the most enthralling stories in all of contemporary music.

Authoritative but often wryly amusing, this book tells the whole Cohen story from his birth in 1934 through to his triumphant 2009 concert tour. Featuring numerous new and exclusive interviews with some of Cohen's key associates and including brand new research which reveals many previously unreported details, Leonard Cohen; Hallelujah - A New Biography will remain the standard work on the man for many years to come.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781842404720
  • Publisher: Chrome Dreams
  • Publication date: 11/1/2009
  • Pages: 300
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Tim Footman is the author of several biographies on bands, including Blink 182: The Unauthorised Biography in Words and Pictures, Global Assassins: The Limp Bizkit Story in Words and Pictures, Radiohead: A Visual Documentary, and Radiohead: Welcome to the Machine. He is the former managing editor of the Guinness Book of World Records and has contributed pieces on music and pop culture to the Encyclopedia of Popular Music, the Guardian, and Time Out.

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Table of Contents

Preface: Let us prepare mythologies 7

Ch. 1 I want to be the kind of hero 13

Ch. 2 The Montreal poem factory 20

Ch. 3 How many people in this city 27

Ch. 4 European monasteries 31

Ch. 5 The Spanish voices laugh 36

Ch. 6 On the very threshold of greatness 41

Ch. 7 The gargoyles of guilt 48

Ch. 8 He wants to trade the game he knows for shelter 55

Ch. 9 She gets you on her wavelength 63

Ch. 10 The beauty of the word 72

Ch. 11 A saint does not dissolve the chaos 79

Ch. 12 When I am on a pedestal 82

Ch. 13 I am only whispering 87

Ch. 14 Let's all get even 93

Ch. 15 Because it is so horrible between us 101

Ch. 16 My masterpiece unsigned 109

Ch. 17 Complain, complain, that's all you've done 116

Ch. 18 I ache in the places where I used to play 122

Ch. 19 And the mountain's going to shout amen 129

Ch. 20 The bad monk 139

Ch. 21 Live my life in Babylon 147

Ch. 22 Exceptionally kind in my old age 152

Ch. 23 It's been hell, it's been swell 157

Ch. 24 We're busted in the blinding lights 162

Notes 167

Conclusion: End of my life in art 179

Appendix I The baffled king composing 198

Appendix II Leonard and Robert 215

Appendix III My favourite songs of Leonard Cohen 229

Notes 231

Discography: I can't remember one line or where to look 236

Index 266

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