Leonard Cohen

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Leonard Norman Cohen
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Leonard Cohen was born September 21,1934, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada and died November 7, 2016 in Los Angeles, California, USA. He was a Canadian poet, singer and songwriter. The father of Adam Cohen and Lorca Cohen.

His first collection of poetry, Let Us Compare Mythologies, was published in 1956, followed by The Spice Box of Earth in 1961. After traveling throughout Europe, he settled on the Greek island of Hydra, where he stayed for seven years. There he wrote another collection of poetry, Flowers for Hitler (1964), and two novels, The Favorite Game (1963) and Beautiful Losers (1966). In 1967, Cohen moved to the United States to pursue a career as a folk musician. In 1994, Cohen retreated to the Mt. Baldy Zen Center near Los Angeles, beginning what became five years of seclusion at the center. In 1996, Cohen was ordained as a Rinzai Zen Buddhist monk and took the Dharma name "Jikan", meaning "silence".

During his lifetime he recorded 14 studio albums. A tribute album with 18 songs was released in 1991, featuring R.E.M., John Cale, Nick Cave, Ian McCulloch, Pixies, The House Of Love and Lloyd Cole among others. John Cale's cover of the song "Hallelujah" on this album served as the basis for the version released by Jeff Buckley in 1994.

Inducted into Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2008 (Performer)
Inducted into Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2010

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FL 9805 Leonard Cohen - Six Montreal Poets album art A.J.M. Smith, Leonard Cohen, Irving Layton, F.R. Scott, Louis Dudek, A.M. Klein A.J.M. Smith, Leonard Cohen, Irving Layton, F.R. Scott, Louis Dudek, A.M. Klein - Six Montreal Poets (Album, Comp) Folkways Records FL 9805 US 1957 Sell This Version
none Leonard Cohen - Canadian Poets 1 album art Phyllis Webb, Earle Birney, John Newlove, Alfred Purdy*, Irving Layton, Leonard Cohen, George Bowering, Gwendolyn Macewen Phyllis Webb, Earle Birney, John Newlove, Alfred Purdy*, Irving Layton, Leonard Cohen, George Bowering, Gwendolyn Macewen - Canadian Poets 1 (Album) Canadian Broadcasting Corporation none Canada 1966 Sell This Version
14 10 0362 Leonard Cohen - Songs Of Leonard Cohen album art Leonard Cohen Songs Of Leonard Cohen (Album, Comp) Columbia 14 10 0362 US 1967 Sell This Version
HC 1096 Leonard Cohen - Songs From A Room album art Leonard Cohen Songs From A Room (Album) Columbia HC 1096 US 1969 Sell This Version
C 30103 Leonard Cohen - Songs Of Love And Hate album art Leonard Cohen Songs Of Love And Hate (Album) Columbia C 30103 US 1971 Sell This Version
KC 31724, C 31724 Leonard Cohen - Live Songs album art Leonard Cohen Live Songs (Album) Columbia KC 31724, C 31724 US 1973 Sell This Version
CBS 69087 Leonard Cohen - New Skin For The Old Ceremony album art Leonard Cohen New Skin For The Old Ceremony (Album) Columbia CBS 69087 Netherlands 1974 Sell This Version
CBS 86042 Leonard Cohen - Death Of A Ladies' Man album art Leonard Cohen Death Of A Ladies' Man (Album) Columbia, Columbia CBS 86042 Israel 1977 Sell This Version
CBS 86097, 86097 Leonard Cohen - Recent Songs album art Leonard Cohen Recent Songs (Album) Columbia CBS 86097, 86097 UK 1979 Sell This Version
CT 66950 Leonard Cohen - Various Positions album art Leonard Cohen Various Positions (Album) Columbia CT 66950 US 1984 Sell This Version
CBS 460642 1, CBS 460642 1 (SE) Leonard Cohen - I'm Your Man album art Leonard Cohen I'm Your Man (Album) Columbia CBS 460642 1, CBS 460642 1 (SE) Spain 1988 Sell This Version
472498 4, 427498 4 Leonard Cohen - The Future album art Leonard Cohen The Future (Album) Columbia 472498 4, 427498 4 Australia 1992 Sell This Version
CDNK 788 Leonard Cohen - The Future - Radio Special album art Leonard Cohen The Future - Radio Special(CD, Promo, Transcription) Sony Music, Columbia CDNK 788 Canada 1992 Sell This Version
CSK 5249 SI Leonard Cohen - Leonard Cohen Live! (From The Complex Los Angeles, Calif. April 18, 1993) album art Leonard Cohen Leonard Cohen Live! (From The Complex Los Angeles, Calif. April 18, 1993)(CD, Promo) Columbia CSK 5249 SI US 1993 Sell This Version
MSL 0119/2 Leonard Cohen - Cohen Live - Leonard Cohen In Concert album art Leonard Cohen Cohen Live - Leonard Cohen In Concert (Album) Columbia MSL 0119/2 Portugal 1994 Sell This Version
CK 66210, CTDP 102043 Leonard Cohen - Field Commander Cohen: Tour Of 1979 album art Leonard Cohen Field Commander Cohen: Tour Of 1979 (Album) Columbia, Columbia, Columbia CK 66210, CTDP 102043 US 2000 Sell This Version
CK 85953 Leonard Cohen - Ten New Songs album art Leonard Cohen Ten New Songs (Album) Columbia, Columbia, Columbia CK 85953 Canada 2001 Sell This Version
none Leonard Cohen - About Ten New Songs album art Leonard Cohen About Ten New Songs(CDr) Sony Music none France 2001 Sell This Version
CDCOL 6919 Leonard Cohen - Dear Heather album art Leonard Cohen Dear Heather (Album) Columbia, Columbia, Columbia CDCOL 6919 South Africa 2004 Sell This Version
DCM 112 Leonard Cohen - Night Magic (Original Soundtrack From The Musical Directed By Lewis Furey) album art Lewis Furey, Leonard Cohen Lewis Furey, Leonard Cohen - Night Magic (Original Soundtrack From The Musical Directed By Lewis Furey)(CD, Album, RM) Disques Cinémusique DCM 112 Canada 2004 Sell This Version
omm0043 Leonard Cohen - Book Of Longing album art Philip GlassLeonard Cohen Philip GlassLeonard Cohen - Book Of Longing (Album) Orange Mountain Music omm0043 US 2007 Sell This Version
88697405039 Leonard Cohen - Live In London album art Leonard Cohen Live In London (Album) Columbia, Columbia, Sony Music, Sony Music 88697405039 Israel 2009 Sell This Version
88697 57916 2 Leonard Cohen - Live At The Isle Of Wight 1970 album art Leonard Cohen Live At The Isle Of Wight 1970 (Album, Comp) Columbia, Legacy, Columbia Music Video, Sony Music 88697 57916 2 Brazil 2009 Sell This Version
none Leonard Cohen - Selections From Live In London album art Leonard Cohen Selections From Live In London(CDr, Promo, Smplr) Columbia none US 2009 Sell This Version
DVCOL 7331 Leonard Cohen - Songs From The Road album art Leonard Cohen Songs From The Road (Album) Columbia DVCOL 7331 South Africa 2010 Sell This Version

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Carlodeguyo

Carlodeguyo

September 20, 2021
edited 9 months ago
In high school (2000) a girl I knew went to Canada and came back to tell me about how everyone listened to Leonard Cohen, and that I would really like his music. I bought the Best of, and song by song, he taught me something, things that made him a hero to me, and also some real "yechhh what were you thinking" moments with his work later on. When I bought albums, and didn't like them at all, it really messed me up. I am very glad I got to see him live in 2010 or so--he skipped around, sang for two hours, hit some of those Young-Cohen high notes during "Bird on the Wire," and I felt total kinship with a crowd of elderly people with ponytails. With his work, it's the same complexity as a relative. Home wouldn't feel like it does, wherever it happens to be...

I ran into the graveyard where he lay, but there was no time, I couldn't find him. In Montreal, his face graces a whole side of a skyscraper--and you know what, I'm glad, they put old-age Cohen up there. They didn't chase after his early glamor shots.

...tomorrow is Cohen's birthday, so buy up!
Douglas_Jones

Douglas_Jones

August 21, 2021
3 comments? I know this is largely for dance people, but come on! LenCo is most probably the greatest songwriter ever. And such great humour too. Blows me away every time.
hartro

hartro

February 16, 2019
He was his truest self. He didn't seem to really give much of a crap about success, or fame or any of the trappings. He just did what he did and if you liked it, great. His volume of output is a little small by comparison to performers with a similar durability and span of years to their career. That said, his volume of really good stuff holds up pretty well. And he was very good at the end of his life. He stuck it out.
Bourbonman

Bourbonman

November 11, 2016
Certainly.. I was a late bloomer on Cohen, Heard the song "Waiting For A Miracle" years ago when i saw Natural Born Killers for the first time. That really opened me up to Cohen´s dark world a bit, but it has been a hard trek for me as i take it step by step from time to time. But he was equally as much a poet than a singer in my eyes, and lyrically he has inspired musician everywhere. But ultimately, to me, it´s the lyrics that grabs me when we talk about Cohen, and at the same time, he kinda share the throne of darkness with Johnny Cash.
But he was great. True gentleman, lyricist and a songwriter. Not many of those around anymore is it?
Rest in peace Cohen..
AskeladdenBlack

AskeladdenBlack

November 10, 2016
edited over 6 years ago
May I be the first to point out there are absolutely no comments about Leonard prior to his death, but now that he is dead here is your chance to say how great he was, probably a bit late but anyway praise away.
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