Leonard Cohen: Hallelujah: A New Biography

Leonard Cohen: Hallelujah: A New Biography

by Tim Footman



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Leonard Cohen: Hallelujah: A New Biography by Tim Footman

Chronicling the highs and lows that have punctuated the life of a musical genius, this in-depth biography reveals new insight into the legendary songs of Leonard Cohen. Covering each stage in his prolific career—his early years as a poet and author in Canada, his relocation to New York City and subsequent impact within the folk and rock scenes, his years spent in a Buddhist monastery, and his recent rediscovery by a new generation of fans—this definitive history combines perceptive research with previously unpublished photos. Balancing his literary and musical influences with themes of religion, depression, sex, politics, and complex interpersonal relationships, fresh perspectives are highlighted through interviews with colleagues who have never before gone on record. His recent release of new music, current revival in popularity, and first tour in 15 years are fully detailed and cited as one of the most dramatic periods in the life of this eloquent songwriter.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781842404720
Publisher: Chrome Dreams
Publication date: 11/01/2009
Pages: 300
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About 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.

Table of Contents

About the Author 4

Preface: Let us prepare mythologies 7

Chapter 1 I want to be the kind of hero 13

Chapter 2 The Montreal poem factory 20

Chapter 3 How many people in this city 27

Chapter 4 European monasteries 31

Chapter 5 The Spanish voices laugh 36

Chapter 6 On the very threshold of greatness 41

Chapter 7 The gargoyles of guilt 48

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

Chapter 9 She gets you on her wavelength 63

Chapter 10 The beauty of the word 72

Chapter 11 A saint does not dissolve the chaos 79

Chapter 12 When I am on a pedestal 82

Chapter 13 I am only whispering 87

Chapter 14 Let's all get even 93

Chapter 15 Because it is so horrible between us 101

Chapter 16 My masterpiece unsigned 109

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

Chapter 18 I ache in the places where I used to play 122

Chapter 19 And the mountain's going to shout amen 129

Chapter 20 The bad monk 139

Chapter 21 Live my life in Babylon 147

Chapter 22 Exceptionally kind in my old age 152

Chapter 23 It's been hell, it's been swell 157

Chapter 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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