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Leonard Cohen and His Legacy

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In recent years, nobody has raged against the dying of the light more spectacularly and thrillingly as singer and songwriter Leonard Cohen. For 50 years he had been telling stories of love, faith, death, despair, solitude, war, politics, and exaltation. Before embarked on a successful and eventful career in the show business he had a successful career as a poet and novelist. His achievements were legendary and his status as a writer, poet, songwriter and the famous ladies' man had ...

EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Leonard Cohen: You Want it Darker

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On first listen, Leonard Cohen's album You Want it Darker is a great album. On second listen, it could rank among his best and on third listen, it is obvious that it is the best contender for a Nobel Prize in literature in the next turn of awards. But so are the other albums that have preceded it. It is astonishing that Cohen as an elder statesman is producing some of his best work at this stage of his career. ...

BOOK REVIEWS

On Tour With Leonard Cohen

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On Tour With Leonard Cohen Sharon Robinson 221 pages ISBN: 1576877256 PowerHouse Books 2014 When singer and poet Leonard Cohen got back on the road in 2008 after years of absence and seclusion in a Zen monastery beset by management and financial woes, his comeback was universally greeted by audiences worldwide. Despite the age when most musicians of his generation are retired or about to it seems that the return to stage ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Leonard Cohen: Live in London

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The Live in London LP could have easily been Leonard Cohen's last record and the tour that followed it could have easily been a low key farewell tour. Already at the twilight of his career or at an age when most acts go into retirement, Cohen slowly was secluding himself from recordings, performances or public appearances and instead he lived the life of a monk at a Zen monastery. Due to misfortune concerning his former manager, who bled his bank ...

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Leonard Cohen: Popular Problems

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On 21st of September, Leonard Cohen, member of an elite triumvirate of singer songwriters joined the 80 club. A day after his birthday, he delivered a new record and another chapter of his life opened to the public. Cohen is one of those singer songwriters that have kept maturing, producing new and interesting work with every advancing decade of his life. And there is something wondrous about Cohen delivering a new record for his 80th birthday. That he is delivering ...

LIVE REVIEWS

Leonard Cohen at Arena Pula

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Leonard CohenArena PulaPula, CroatiaAugust 2, 2013On a sweltering day, with temperatures rising high above in the red, Canadian singer Leonard Cohen performed with a skill, passion and hunger that ultimately rendered all those restrictive perceptions of age, time or genre utterly redundant. Performing on St. Elijah's day at a Roman amphitheater in Pula--a renowned location for various cultural happenings that include film festivals and A-list concerts--the walls of this two-millennia-old building provided a beautiful backdrop ...

BOOK REVIEWS

Alan Light: The Holy or the Broken: Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley, and the Unlikely Ascent of "Hallelujah"

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The Holy or the Broken: Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley, and the Unlikely Ascent of “Hallelujah" Alan Light pp. 288 ISBN: 1451657846 2012 For ages musicologists, psychologists, producers and people alike have tried to decipher or unravel the secret of what makes certain songs so likeable and popular, even to give them a scientific explanation. What they have found out so far, from a scientific point of view, is that each musical hit is reliant ...

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Leonard Cohen Live in Istanbul

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Leonard CohenUlker Sports ArenaIstanbul, TurkeySeptember 19, 2012Singer Leonard Cohen does not play songs--he plays feelings. Besides being blessed with the “gift of a golden voice," he is blessed with the power to communicate with huge crowds of people. Only a handful of performers have that ability to grab people's attention with a handful of words and then hold it for hours. This can be best seen on the recently released DVD Leonard Cohen at the ...


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