Leonard Cohen on Leonard Cohen: Interviews and Encounters (Musicians in Their Own Words)
In Leonard Cohen on Leonard Cohen--which encompasses a foreword via singer Suzanne Vega and 8 pages of hardly ever noticeable photos--the artist talks approximately "Bird at the Wire," "Hallelujah," and his different vintage songs. He candidly discusses his recognized romances, his years in a Zen monastery, his ill-fated collaboration with manufacturer Phil Spector, his lengthy conflict with melancholy, and masses more.
You'll locate interviews that first seemed within the New York Times and Rolling Stone, but additionally fabric that has no longer formerly been published in English. a few of it has now not been to be had earlier in any structure, together with many illuminating recollections that participants provided in particular for this definitive anthology.
suggest a brand new probability for him to be unfastened. i feel for a guy as self-explorative as Leonard Cohen, freedom is a brilliant deal extra away. COHEN CLIP On a Dip in His attractiveness “I hardly ever listen compliment anymore. i am getting the sensation that my songs have fallen out of fashion. One hears an echo, and the echo i've been getting isn't really certainly one of wholehearted appreciation. In England, my songs and individual were topic to satire. My individual has been satirized as being suicidal, depression, and self-indulgent.” —from.
Musically that Cohen has ever performed. Lyrically, it doesn’t degree as much as the superb, penetrating cleverness and word-trickiness of Cohen’s earliest songs, however it appeals to me on a distinct level—the adulthood of the imaginative and prescient, the appropriateness of the imagery and irony for our newly nonapocalyptic (but nonetheless struggle-filled) lives. My favourite track at the new album, and so they all run via my head, is “I attempted to go away You,” a disarmingly easily love track, chanson, that cuts to the center of.
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LC: Oh yeah . . . PW: demise, own inability, lack of ability to make it paintings, all the either severe and joking issues round failure that weave via dying of a Lady’s guy. . . . Failure’s i suppose one of many miserable issues yet there is even more tricky issues that you just locate miserable, and I’d prefer to find out about that and in addition if you’re now discovering how you can get your head and your middle right into a manner of seeing the area that isn’t miserable. LC: good, I don’t examine it that bleakly all.
half of the interview, which CBC broadcast the subsequent week. —Ed.] Leonard Cohen as soon as instructed an interviewer [CBC’s Beryl Fox, in a talk broadcast may well 6, 1966. —Ed.] that he used to be contemplating altering his name—to September. “Leonard September?” the incredulous interviewer requested. “No, September Cohen,” Leonard acknowledged, with a twinkle. Submerged underneath the doleful songs and the paranormal poems there's a mischievous impish within to Leonard Cohen that usually surfaces in his poetry and the.