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The past two years have been good to the enigmatic and sometimes mysterious Cohen. He released Old Ideas, his first studio album in eight years, to wide acclaim, and Sylvie Simmons published a highly praised biography of Cohen, I m Your Man. Now we get to hear the man himself in these interviews that music writer Burger gathers from various music magazines and newspapers some hard to find and others not previously published in English from 1966 to the present. On his musical predecessors: I am very much aware of where I stood in a long line of singers or poets... and to be one of the figures that allows the tradition to continue is very gratifying. In an early interview, Cohen comments that he doesn t go around looking for joy. I don t go around looking for melancholy either... I m not on an archaeological expedition. In the most recent interview, from 2012, Cohen reflects on the nature of song: Song operates on so many levels... it addresses the heart in its ordeals and its defeats but it is also useful in getting the dishes done or cleaning the house. Every collection like this has its uneven and repetitious moments, but Burger s discerning editorial hand selects those conversations with Cohen that offer insights into his music. For longtime and fans as well as newcomers to Cohen s work. --Publishers Weekly

Burger (editor, Business Jet Traveler; Springsteen on Springsteen: Interviews, Speeches, and Encounters) presents a close-up and personal portrait of novelist, poet, singer/songwriter, cult figure, and sometime philosopher Leonard Cohen (b. 1934) through more than 50 collected interviews conducted between 1966 and 2012. Montreal-born Cohen s literary style was heavily influenced by the Spanish poet Federico García Lorca, the Beats, Pete Seeger, the Almanac ¬Singers, and the synagogue prayers of his childhood. His 1966 encounter with folk singer Judy Collins and her subsequent recording of his song Suzanne led to the start of his recording career. Cohen s later work, Hallelujah, has become a modern-day hymn, covered by the likes of Jeff Buckley, Rufus Wainwright, John Cale, and others. ¬VERDICT This book will appeal to Cohen aficionados and researchers. Readers will gain a wealth of information about his take on life while enduring the repetition of facts that occurs with multiple interviews. Those interested in further exploration would enjoy Sylvie Simmons s 2012 biography, I m Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen, which covers the artist s early years and Stranger Music: Selected Poems and Songs, a notable comp¬ilation of his best works. Elizabeth D. Eisen, Appleton P.L., WI --Library Journal --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Broché .

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With a foreword by Suzanne Vega and many original insights from friends and fans, as well as eight pages of photos, this definitive anthology presents Cohen talking candidly about his classic songs, his ill-fated collaboration with producer Phil Spector, his affairs, his years in a Zen monastery and his long battle with depression. --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Broché .

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can't believe nobody else has read this book 16 mars 2014
Par Donna Mazzucchi - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I am not one to write reviews and am not qualified to review this book yet as I am only on part II but it is about Leonard and his interviews, and while no one can really come close to his eloquence and depth of reflection, it is interesting to hear his replies to some otherwise sophomoric questions, some deep. It is an interesting read so far and I imagine it can only get more interesting as time wears well on Leonard and I am in awe of such monsters of the spoken word
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Good read 5 avril 2014
Par Marsha J. Wheeler - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I learned a lot about the music I love, why it was written and sung, the emotions behind it and in general about the man himself. Worth the time. Not a book to read in one or two sittings because some of it is redundant but it holds your interest until the end.
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a must for leonard cohen fans 26 avril 2014
Par kris Patterson - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I thought after reading as many books on leonard cohen as I could I knew just about everything about him but after reading this book I realized there was quite a lot more. I really enjoyed the insight this book offered into leonard cohens writing processes and styles and what influences he has and what has made him the writer, poet and song writer that he is today. There are a lot of great interviews here and this book is an absolute must for leonard cohen fans.
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if you have ears to hear what is being said in these interviews it is as great a living teaching as exists 31 août 2014
Par J. Mitchell - Publié sur Amazon.com
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How does he know these things?? How did he get this perspective??if you have ears to hear what is being said in these interviews it is as great a living teaching as exists ...so human so giving so humble...it's as if he has none of the filters that everyone else has so he able to answer directly without agenda...sure he opened his heart a little...it's one of the damnest documents I've ever read......repetition??....you missed it...read it again with the insulted self turned off and you will learn what it means to be a human being ...I went and pulled out my old copies of shambala sun and tricycle magazine ...pico Iyer did a great piece...
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ALL UNDER ONE ROOF 26 mai 2014
Par Peter Choyce - Publié sur Amazon.com
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A collection that u can pick up and put down for the next year or more! It's all things leonard, so they say BY the master! I'm on it! When i was down and out he was all I had and his words sooth me and have the power to provide mighty bits of pick me up during a bad day.
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