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Various Artists' I'm Your Fan: The Songs of Leonard Cohen

Various Artists' I'm Your Fan: The Songs of Leonard Cohen

by Ray Padgett
Various Artists' I'm Your Fan: The Songs of Leonard Cohen

Various Artists' I'm Your Fan: The Songs of Leonard Cohen

by Ray Padgett

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Overview

When I'm Your Fan: The Songs of Leonard Cohen hit stores in 1991, Leonard Cohen's career had plummeted from its revered 1960s high. Cohen's record label had refused to release his 1984 album Various Positions--including the song "Hallelujah"--in the United States. Luckily, Velvet Underground founder John Cale was one of the few who did hear "Hallelujah," and he covered it for I'm Your Fan, a collection of Cohen's songs produced by a French fanzine. Jeff Buckley adored the tribute album and covered Cale's cover in 1994, never having heard Cohen's still-obscure original version.

In 2016, Stereogum labeled the tribute album "possibly the most universally derided format in pop music." However, without a tribute album, you wouldn't know the song "Hallelujah." Through Buckley through Cale, "Hallelujah" is now one of the most often-performed songs in the world--and it wouldn't be without this tribute album. I'm Your Fan thus offers a particularly notable example of a much broader truth: Despite all the eye-rolling they inspire, tribute albums matter. They can resuscitate legends' fading careers, or expose obscure artists who never had much of a career to begin with.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781501355073
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Publication date: 09/03/2020
Series: 33 1/3 Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 152
File size: 268 KB

About the Author

Ray Padgett is the founder of Cover Me, the largest blog devoted to cover songs on the web, and author of Cover Me: The Stories Behind the Greatest Cover Songs of All Time (2017). His writing has appeared in The New Yorker, SPIN, The AV Club, Vice, and MOJO, and he's been interviewed as an expert on cover songs by NPR, The Wall Street Journal, SiriusXM, and dozens more. He lives in Burlington, Vermont and also works as a publicist for Shore Fire Media.
Ray Padgett is the founder of Cover Me, the largest blog devoted to cover songs on the web, and author of Cover Me: The Stories Behind the Greatest Cover Songs of All Time (2017). His writing has appeared in The New Yorker, SPIN, The AV Club, Vice, and MOJO, and he's been interviewed as an expert on cover songs by NPR, The Wall Street Journal, SiriusXM, and dozens more. He lives in Burlington, Vermont and also works as a publicist for Shore Fire Media.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
1. The Origins of the Tribute Album
Interlude: Hal Willner
2. The Idea Behind I'm Your Fan
Interlude: Ralph Sall
3. Recording I'm Your Fan
4. Cave and Cale
Interlude: Juliana Hatfield
5. The Release of I'm Your Fan
Interlude: Jarkko Arjatsolo
6. The 1990s Tribute Album Explosion
Interlude: Jim Sampas&Joe Spadaro
7. The Tribute Album Today
Notes

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