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Leonard Cohen

DESCRIPTION: Leonard Cohen


ACTIVITY PERIOD: 1956 - 2016

MUSIC GENRE: Folk, Soft Rock


RECORD COMPANIES / LABELS (Current & Past): Columbia

OFFICIAL WEB SITE: http://www.leonardcohen.com

LEONARD COHEN (1934 - 2016)
“There is a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in.”
The author of a host of powerful poems and songs, he was born into a middle class Jewish family in Montreal, Canada. He studied at McGill University and Columbia University in New York, began publishing poetry in his teens, and published several well-received collections of poetry in his twenties. He travelled widely, and published the novels The Favorite Game and Beautiful Losers in the early-mid 1960s. He next turned his hand to songwriting, and his Suzanne - a poignantly evocative song that became an anthem of the Sixties - turned into a huge hit for Noel Harrison in 1967. The following year Cohen’s debut album The Songs of Leonard Cohen also hit the top of the charts. He followed with Songs from a Room (1969) which included his classic Bird On A Wire, and and his third album Songs of Love and Hate (1971). By now Cohen, despite the acerbic, depressive tone of some of his songs (or perhaps because of it), had acquired a dedicated campus following and was regarded by many fans as a Canadian Bob Dylan. Among his other classic songs are So Long Marianne, Dance Me To The End Of Love, Hallelujah, and the brilliantly biting First We Take Manhattan.

By Larry Buttrose


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