Incoming: Leonard Cohen Biography



The bard gets booked!


By Blurt Staff


I’M YOUR MAN: The Life
of Leonard Cohen
is set to hit bookstores on September
18,  via Harper Collins. It’s by veteran
music journalist Sylvie Simmons, includes exclusive interviews with Cohen
himself, and is “the definitive work on Cohen’s life and career.” (Watch for
another Cohen book next year compiling key interviews from over the years,
including one conducted for BLURT by longtime contributor Gillian G. Gaar.)


Simmons  spoke to over
a hundred key figures in Cohen’s life – among them Cohen’s main muses, the
women in his life, close childhood friends, producers and artists who have
worked on his albums, and contemporary artists that have worked with Cohen or
have been influenced by his work (such as David Crosby, Philip Glass, Judy
Collins, Rufus Wainwright, Jackson Browne and many more).


Starting in Montreal, Cohen’s
birthplace, and where he first found fame as a poet in the fifties, the book follows
his trail, via London and the Greek island of Hydra,
to New York
in the sixties, where Cohen launched his career in music. From there it traces
the arc of his prodigious achievements to his remarkable retreat, when in the
mid-nineties, on the cusp of marriage to a beautiful actress and enjoying the
success of his best-selling album to date, he entered a monastery on a rocky
mountaintop-returning to find his bank accounts bled dry and forced back onto
the road, at age seventy-three, for a wildly successful three-year world tour.



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