Leonard Norman Cohen, CC, GOQ (born 21 September 1934)
is a Canadian singer-songwriter, musician, poet, and novelist.
His work often explores religion, isolation, sexuality, and
interpersonal relationships. Cohen has been inducted into
the American Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and both the
Canadian Music Hall of Fame and the Canadian Songwriters
Hall of Fame. He is also a Companion of the Order of Canada,
the nation's highest civilian honour.
While giving the speech at Cohen's induction into the Rock
and Roll Hall of Fame on 10 March 2008, Lou Reed described
Cohen as belonging to the "highest and most influential
echelon of songwriters."
Cohen was born on 21 September 1934 in Westmount,
Montreal, Quebec, into a middle-class Jewish family