Various Positions: A Life of Leonard Cohen

Overview

Known as the "Prince of Bummers," Leonard Cohen is a multi-talented poet, singer-songwriter, novelist, and Zen Buddhist whose career has spanned more than forty years and inspired countless other artists. In this critically acclaimed biography originally published in 1996 by Pantheon Books, Ira Nadel draws on extensive interviews with Cohen, as well as excerpts from his unpublished letters, journals, notebooks, songs, and other writings, to offer a full portrait of this enigmatic man and his artistic career. A ...

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Overview

Known as the "Prince of Bummers," Leonard Cohen is a multi-talented poet, singer-songwriter, novelist, and Zen Buddhist whose career has spanned more than forty years and inspired countless other artists. In this critically acclaimed biography originally published in 1996 by Pantheon Books, Ira Nadel draws on extensive interviews with Cohen, as well as excerpts from his unpublished letters, journals, notebooks, songs, and other writings, to offer a full portrait of this enigmatic man and his artistic career. A new concluding chapter brings Cohen's story up-to-date, including the release of the albums Dear Heather, Ten New Songs, The Essential Leonard Cohen, and Blue Alert, as well as the publication of Book of Longing and the screening of the documentary film Leonard Cohen, I'm Your Man.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780292717329
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2007
  • Series: Jewish History, Life, and Culture Series
  • Pages: 360
  • Sales rank: 1,355,259
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Ira B. Nadel, Professor of English and Distinguished University Scholar at the University of British Columbia, is also the author of biographies of Tom Stoppard, Ezra Pound, and David Mamet.
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Table of Contents

Introduction
1. The Root of the Chord
2. Life in a Golden Coffin
3. Passion Without Flesh
4. Molecules Dancing in the Mountains
5. Hopelessly Hollywood
6. Cocktails in the Shaving Kit
7. Black Photograph
8. Ain't No Cure for Love
9. Trumpets and a Curtain of Razor Blades
10. Tibetan Desire
11. New Scripture
12. Plastic Algebra
13. My Secret Life
Afterword
Bibliography
Discography
Acknowledgments
Notes
Index
Permissions
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  • Posted June 26, 2012

    Good Read - Worth the effort

    VARIOUS POSITIONS gives a good look at factors behind Cohen's development as both poet and musician. It also provides an enticing peek into him as a person. I especially appreciate the attention to his poetry. The book is easy to read except for a lazy reader (like me) who has trouble keeping a timeline in her head. This is a great addition to my library.

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