Leonard Cohen: A Life in Art (15)

Leonard Cohen: A Life in Art
Ira Nadel

This is a great book about Leonard Cohen. This musician and singer always intrigued me. His voice is unique and yet it appeals to me sometimes, especially when I am looking for music that is eerie and yet inspiring. If you haven’t listened to Cohen’s music, I encourage you to try some of his CD’s.

Cohen has been in the entertainment spotlight for over forty years. The book discusses his privileged beginnings in Montreal. This biography traces Cohen’s development from a promising poet and novelist to Canada’s own Bob Dylan.

Nadel offers intimate glimpses of Cohen’s adventures in the bohemian Montreal poetry scene as well as his wild years at New York City’s legendary Chelsea Hotel.

Nadel also gives a glimpse behind the hits like Suzanne and Famous blue Raincoat. Nadel also discusses Cohen’s refusal of the Governor Genera’s Award for Poetry and his comeback in the 1990s with the release of The Future and Stranger Music. 

Cohen is a unique artist. And his background is just as unique. Being from Montreal originally myself I have always been intrigued by him. Now I know more about him after reading this book.

Rating: 4 Stars

Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth


About irenesroth

I am a freelance and academic writer. I am currently writing a book called `Fearless Freelance Writers`. Please look out for it soon on this blog.
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