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Leonard Cohen: Kill Your Idols

3.3 of 5 stars 3.30  ·  rating details  ·  33 ratings  ·  7 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, 152 pages
Published August 1st 2000 by Da Capo Press (first published January 1st 2000)
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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
Eric Elems
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.
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...
Laughably pretentious, at times, in its attempts at stylish iconoclasm. Also very smug, but not entirely without interest and insight.
Excellent... excellent... excellent! (You're not artsy-er than me... just because you have sideburns and a vintage tee!)
Very well written, incisive yet highly critical study of Cohen and his influences...
just kinda sparse
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