By Liel Leibovitz
Brings to lifestyles a passionate poet-turned-musician and what compels him and his work.
Why is it that Leonard Cohen gets this kind of reverence we reserve for a priceless few residing artists? Why are his songs, 3 or 4 many years after their unique free up, without notice gracing the charts, blockbuster motion picture sound tracks, and tv making a song competitions? And why is it that whereas so much of his contemporaries are both lengthy lifeless or engaged in uninspired nostalgia excursions, Cohen is on the height of his powers and popularity?
These are the questions on the center of A damaged Hallelujah, a meditation at the singer, his track, and the tips and ideology at its middle. Granted remarkable entry to Cohen’s own papers, Liel Leibovitz examines the intricacies of the fellow whose appearing occupation started with a crippling bout of level fright, but who, just a couple of years later, tamed a rowdy crowd at the Isle of Wight, fighting additional violence; the artist who had long past from a winning international travel and a film superstar female friend to a protracted residency in a distant Zen retreat; and the infrequent non secular seeker for whom the foundations of conventional Judaism, the tenets of Zen Buddhism, and the iconography of Christianity all align. The portrait that emerges is that of an artist attuned to notions of justice, lust, longing, loneliness, and redemption, and owning this type of voice and imaginative and prescient in most cases reserved just for the prophets.
More than simply an account of Cohen’s existence, A damaged Hallelujah is an intimate examine the artist that's as emotionally astute because it is philosophically observant. Delving into the assets and which means of Cohen’s paintings, Leibovitz fantastically illuminates what Cohen is telling us and why we hear so intensely.
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A Broken Hallelujah: Rock and Roll, Redemption, and the Life of Leonard Cohen by Liel Leibovitz