Leonard Cohen

Born 21 September 1934.
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Leonard Cohen - Interview with Jarvis Cocker

Jarvis speaks exclusively to Leonard Cohen about songwriting, loves and life.

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Leonard Norman Cohen, CC GOQ (born 21 September 1934) is a Canadian singer-songwriter, musician, poet, and novelist. His work has explored religion, politics, isolation, sexuality, and personal 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. In 2011, Cohen received a Prince of Asturias Award for literature.

The critic Bruce Eder assessed Cohen's overall career in popular music by asserting that "[he is] one of the most fascinating and enigmatic … singer/songwriters of the late '60s … [and] has retained an audience across four decades of music-making … Second only to Bob Dylan (and perhaps Paul Simon) [in terms of influence], he commands the attention of critics and younger musicians more firmly than any other musical figure from the 1960s who is still working at the outset of the 21st century."

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Old Ideas

    Old Ideas 2012

    Reviewed by Ian Winwood
    The Canadian ladies’ man returns with a first studio album in seven years.
  2. Review of Songs From the Road

    Songs From the Road 2010

    Reviewed by Andrew Mueller
    Live recordings from Cohen’s superbly acclaimed 2009-09 world tour.
  3. Review of Live In London

    Live In London 2009

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    The sound of a love affair being resumed
  4. Review of The Songs of Leonard Cohen, Songs from a Room, Songs of Love and Hate

    The Songs of Leonard Cohen, Songs from a Room, Songs of Love and Hate 2007

    Reviewed by Tim Nelson
    Dismissed by a later generation as the acme of hippy gloom, Cohen’s work actually...
  5. Review of Ten New Songs

    Ten New Songs

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    Oh, lothario Lenny, the loquacious ladies man, how the girls love that smoky...
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