I'm Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen

I'm Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen

by Sylvie Simmons


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The New York Times-bestselling, definitive biography of lengendary artist Leonard Cohen

Singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen is one of the most important and influential musical artists of the past fifty years—and one of the most elusive. In I’m Your Man, journalist Sylvie Simmons, one of the foremost chroniclers of the world of rock ’n’ roll and popular music, explores the extraordinary life and creative genius of Leonard Cohen.

I’m Your Man is an intimate and insightful appreciation of the man responsible for “Suzanne,” “Bird on a Wire,” “Hallelujah,” and so many other unforgettable, oft-covered ballads and songs.  Based on Simmons’s unparalleled access to Cohen—and written with her hallmark blend of intelligence, integrity, and style—I’m Your Man is the definitive biography of a major musical artist widely considered in a league with the great Bob Dylan.

Readers of Life by Rolling Stone Keith Richards, and Patti Smith’s phenomenal Just Kids will be riveted by this fascinating portrait of a singular musical icon.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061995002
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 08/27/2013
Pages: 592
Sales rank: 180,103
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Sylvie Simmons is an award-winning writer and one of the foremost music journalists working today. Born in London, she moved to Los Angeles in the late seventies and started writing about rock music for magazines such as Sounds, Creem, Kerrang! and Q. She is the author of acclaimed fiction and nonfiction books, including the biography Serge Gainsbourg: A Fistful of Gitanes and the short-story collection Too Weird for Ziggy. She has lived at various times in England, the United States, and France, and she currently lives in San Francisco, where she writes for MOJO magazine and plays the ukulele.

Table of Contents

Prologue 1

One Born in a Suit 3

Two House of Women 16

Three Twenty Thousand Verses 32

Four I Had Begun to Shout 51

Five A Man Who Speaks with a Tongue of Gold 72

Six Enough of Fallen Heroes 91

Seven Please Find me, I Am Almost 30 110

Eight A Long Time Shaving 135

Nine How to Court a Lady 155

Ten The Dust of a Long Sleepless Night 179

Eleven The Tao of Cowboy 198

Twelve O Make me a Mask 222

Thirteen The Veins Stand out Like Highways 245

Fourteen A Shield Against the Enemy 267

Fifteen I Love you, Leonard 294

Sixteen A Sacred Kind of Conversation 314

Seventeen The Hallelujah of the Orgasm 334

Eighteen The Places Where I Used to Play 355

Nineteen Jeremiah in Tin Pan Alley 375

Twenty From this Broken Hill 398

Twenty-one Love and Theft 427

Twenty-two Taxes, Children, Lost Pussy 448

Twenty-three The Future of Rock 'n' Roll 472

Twenty-four Here I Stand, I'm your Man 488

Twenty-five A Manual for Living with Defeat 509

Epilogue 526

Author's Note 529

Notes 535

Index 561

What People are Saying About This

A.M. Homes

“A thoughtful celebration of the artist’s life...Simmons has deftly narrated Cohen’s evolution... In the end, this biography has the oddest effect: as soon as you finish reading it you feel an overwhelming impulse to go back and begin again, revisiting the story with what you’ve learned along the way.”

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