There is a new biography out about Leonard Cohen, called “I’m Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen,” by Sylvie Simmons and published through Harper Collins. I was introduced to Leonard Cohen by a girlfriend of mine a couple of years ago, and I love his music. He is an eclectic person to be sure; a poet, a singer, a songwriter, a musician, and a novelist; as well as an inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame – which kind of surprised me, not to say that he isn’t deserving, I just thought of him as more of a quasi-jazz artist, than a rock and roll artist; but again, I am still rather new to his music, and obviously haven’t heard all of his material. This isn’t the only biography about Leonard Cohen; there is the 1996 bio called, “Various Positions: A Life of Leonard Cohen,” by Ira B. Nadel; but from what I understand that one focuses more on Cohen’s Jewish upbringing, and poetic works; while not focusing so much on his music. This new biography is supposed to take a much deeper look into all things Cohen, including many interviews with friends, associates, and others who were/are “in the know” about Leonard Cohen; and also delves into Mr. Cohen’s many linked romances, including Joni Mitchell and Janis Joplin.
This biography definitely sounds like it is worth checking out if you are interested in learning more about this very interesting artist. I think I will definitely be buying it so I can learn more about Mr. Cohen; and now in honor of Leonard Cohen, and this new biography, I think it is time to share some of his work: