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Leonard Cohen

3.24  ·  Rating Details ·  37 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
The consort of Janis Joplin and Rebecca De Mornay and one-time collaborator of Phil Spector, Leonard Cohen has for the last five years been a full-time resident of the Mount Baldy Zen Center near Los Angeles where he submitted to the rigors of zazen and communal living. He was officially ordained a Buddhist monk and given the name of Jikan (Silent One). Born in Montreal in ...more
Paperback, Kill Your Idols series, 152 pages
Published August 1st 2000 by Da Capo Press (first published January 1st 2000)
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Nov 09, 2016 Marca rated it it was ok
Kui sa loed raamatut ühest oma lemmikmuusikust ja ikka tuleb uni peale, siis see raamat pole vist kõige parem...Osaliselt kuiv ja referaadilaadne, teisalt imelikku sarkastilist huumorit täis ülevaade Coheni ellu aastal 2000, mil autor arvas tema loometee lõppenud olevaks. Pea igalt lehelt võib lugeda üsna kummalisi lauseid stiilis: "Siidpehme helimaastik moodustab Coheni halisevale resignatsioonile suurepäraselt neitsiliku alusmaalingu". Kohati tundub olevat halb tõlge (lugesin eestikeelset vers ...more
Apr 16, 2008 Keith rated it it was ok
a slim little biography touching on some points of interest, mostly items of trivia relating to the inspiration for Cohen's songs and poems. The shortness seemed to have more to do with the author exhausting his thesaurus than with a lack of biographical data... the prose getting very tiresome at times, dispensing the "$10 words" with little purpose except to attempt some kind of literary virtuosity that isn't matched by the actual quality of the writing.

I betcha there are better Cohen biographi
Nov 21, 2009 Charlie rated it did not like it
Shelves: music, biography
I Love Leonard Cohen. But I did not love this book. It had a few interesting bits but not a ton of stuff I didn't already know. Also this authors "song by song analysis" was painful to read and I have the desire to punch him in the face. He talks down on some of the really good songs from the early albums and calls Cohen's keyboard solo in "Tower of Song" AUTISTIC. Oh well another music journalist who's a failed musician I suppose...
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Sep 03, 2012 Eric Elems rated it it was ok
This biography is not as interesting as Cohen's songs and poetry...Not much detail, and not memorable...The song-by-song breakdown was fun, but that was the only part of the book I enjoyed. This was written before Cohen's comeback in the 2000s. Ultimately, maybe the best person to tell Cohen's story is Cohen himself. If you're just getting your feet wet in the Leonard Cohen discography, then this might be good for some quick background info.
Sep 16, 2013 Rich rated it really liked it
Excellent... excellent... excellent! (You're not artsy-er than me... just because you have sideburns and a vintage tee!)
Dec 09, 2008 David rated it did not like it
Laughably pretentious, at times, in its attempts at stylish iconoclasm. Also very smug, but not entirely without interest and insight.
May 23, 2009 Em rated it it was ok
just kinda sparse
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Very well written, incisive yet highly critical study of Cohen and his influences...
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