Saturday, November 12, 2016

Remembering Leonard Cohen

The great Canadian singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen died on November 7th at age 82. Before he created 14 studio albums he had published both poetry and novels.

Rolling Stone has an article about him. Entertainment Week has another article on The 20 greatest Leonard Cohen songs, and Haaretz has yet another article on Leonard Cohen’s 5 Most Jewish Songs.

An interview by David Remnick of the New Yorker describes (at 5:15) how Leonard suffered from stage fright. He eventually mostly got over it. 

One of my favorite performances is his Live in London version of Tower of Song shown above, that ends with him playfully revealing The Answer. (You need to know that over a decade before Tower of Song appeared on his eighth studio album I’m Your Man he’d worked with Phil Spector on his fifth studio album, Death of a Ladies‘ Man).   

The image of a soldier playing a guitar was adapted from Wikimedia Commons.

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