Leonard Cohen Biography (Wikipedia)
Leonard Norman Cohen CC GOQ (September 21, 1934 – November 7, 2016) was a Canadian singer, songwriter, musician, poet, novelist, and painter. His work mostly explored religion, politics, isolation, sexuality, and personal relationships. Cohen was inducted into both the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame as well as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He was a Companion of the Order of Canada, the nation's highest civilian honor. In 2011, Cohen received one of the Prince of Asturias Awards for literature and the ninth Glenn Gould Prize.
Cohen pursued a career as a poet and novelist during the 1950s and early 1960s, and did not launch a music career until 1967, at the age of 33. His first album, Songs of Leonard Cohen (1967), was followed by three more albums of folk music: Songs from a Room (1969), Songs of Love and Hate (1971) and New Skin for the Old Ceremony (1974). His 1977 record Death of a Ladies' Man was co-written and produced by Phil Spector, which was a move away from Cohen's previous minimalist sound. In 1979, Cohen returned with the more traditional Recent Songs, which blended his acoustic style with jazz and Oriental and Mediterranean influences. "Hallelujah" was first released on Cohen's studio album Various Positions in 1984. I'm Your Man in 1988 marked Cohen's turn to synthesized productions and remains his most popular album. In 1992, Cohen released its follow-up, The Future, which had dark lyrics and references to political and social unrest.
- So long, Leonard Cohenhttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01br510.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01br510.jpg2016-11-11T15:06:00.000ZIn a special edition of the music news Radcliffe and Maconie are joined by Clare Crane as they look back at the life of Leonard Cohen, who has died aged 82.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p04fznqk
So long, Leonard Cohen
- Leonard Cohen: "I've always had the sense of being able to do exactly what I wanted as it came to me"https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p04fzkz3.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p04fzkz3.jpg2016-11-11T14:48:00.000ZLeonard Cohen and Anjani, on Steve Wright In The Afternoon in April 2007.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p04fzl7c
Leonard Cohen: "I've always had the sense of being able to do exactly what I wanted as it came to me"
- Leonard Cohen speaks about how he wrote Hallelujahhttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p04fys02.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p04fys02.jpg2016-11-11T11:51:00.000ZCohen on Bob Dylan, rhyming dictionaries and Hallelujah in a rare interview from 2007.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p04fys0t
Leonard Cohen speaks about how he wrote Hallelujah
- Leonard Cohen speaks to Mark Lawson in a rare interview from 2007https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p04fymcb.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p04fymcb.jpg2016-11-11T11:20:00.000ZThe Canadian singer on the art of songwriting and becoming a Buddhist monk in the 1990s.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p04fymcr
Leonard Cohen speaks to Mark Lawson in a rare interview from 2007
- Leonard Cohen is inducted into the Singers Hall of Famehttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02vty0b.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02vty0b.jpg2015-06-28T19:50:00.000ZLeonard Cohen is inducted into the Singers Hall of Famehttp://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p02vty1b
Leonard Cohen is inducted into the Singers Hall of Fame
- The enduring power of Leonard Cohen's Hallelujahhttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02plhl2.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02plhl2.jpg2015-04-20T14:49:00.000ZAlexandra Burke and music journalist Alan Light relate how three different versions of Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah came to chart in the UK - at the same time.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p02plgqw
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