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I'm Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen (2012)

av Sylvie Simmons

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In this biography the author explores the facets of Cohen's life from his early childhood in Montreal, to his entree into the worlds of literature and music, his immersion in Jewish culture, obsession with Christian imagery, and deep commitment to Buddhist detachment, including the five years he spent at a monastery outside of Los Angeles and his ordainment as a Rinzai Zen Buddhist Monk.… (mer)
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An evening out for Paul Bryant. Ian Bell was in town to open a display of his photography of rock musicians and I was lucky enough to get to talk to him.

Paul, I’m sure you are going to want to start with the bad news.


Me: Have you photographed Leonard Cohen?

Yes, a few times?

Me: And Bob Dylan?

Maybe half a dozen.

Me: What do you think of Dylan’s concerts?

Picture being at a Heston Blumenthal dinner. It’s cost you $500. The table is lovely, the view gorgeous, the menu looks fantastic. And then you get served up cheese sandwiches. Not even special cheese sandwiches. Bob Dylan’s like that. All the elements are there, but you get something else. For a while I kept going to them figuring that I’d go to the right one, but there isn’t a right one. Do you know his radio show?

Me: No

He had this radio show for a long time, it was in themes and it was witty, the guy’s got a great sense of humour. But he isn’t willing to bring any of it to the table when he’s performing. He almost died in a car crash at one point and started acting like maybe presenting his music in a concert wasn’t the worst thing in the world that could happen to him. But it didn’t last for long. Meeting him was no fun either.

Me: So who do you prefer out of Dylan and Leonard Cohen?

I’m Team Leonard. Dylan gives nothing at his concerts. Leonard gives everything. He’s respectful, he’s….

Paul, I will spare you the rave review of Leonard.

You will be pleased to hear that there is good news.

The Ian Bell I talked to was erudicate and entertaining and informative….and…

is considering writing a book one day.

It was THE WRONG IAN BELL.

So you can relax. Maybe Bob’s best after all. ( )
  bringbackbooks | Jun 16, 2020 |
An evening out for Paul Bryant. Ian Bell was in town to open a display of his photography of rock musicians and I was lucky enough to get to talk to him.

Paul, I’m sure you are going to want to start with the bad news.


Me: Have you photographed Leonard Cohen?

Yes, a few times?

Me: And Bob Dylan?

Maybe half a dozen.

Me: What do you think of Dylan’s concerts?

Picture being at a Heston Blumenthal dinner. It’s cost you $500. The table is lovely, the view gorgeous, the menu looks fantastic. And then you get served up cheese sandwiches. Not even special cheese sandwiches. Bob Dylan’s like that. All the elements are there, but you get something else. For a while I kept going to them figuring that I’d go to the right one, but there isn’t a right one. Do you know his radio show?

Me: No

He had this radio show for a long time, it was in themes and it was witty, the guy’s got a great sense of humour. But he isn’t willing to bring any of it to the table when he’s performing. He almost died in a car crash at one point and started acting like maybe presenting his music in a concert wasn’t the worst thing in the world that could happen to him. But it didn’t last for long. Meeting him was no fun either.

Me: So who do you prefer out of Dylan and Leonard Cohen?

I’m Team Leonard. Dylan gives nothing at his concerts. Leonard gives everything. He’s respectful, he’s….

Paul, I will spare you the rave review of Leonard.

You will be pleased to hear that there is good news.

The Ian Bell I talked to was erudicate and entertaining and informative….and…

is considering writing a book one day.

It was THE WRONG IAN BELL.

So you can relax. Maybe Bob’s best after all. ( )
  bringbackbooks | Jun 16, 2020 |
An evening out for Paul Bryant. Ian Bell was in town to open a display of his photography of rock musicians and I was lucky enough to get to talk to him.

Paul, I’m sure you are going to want to start with the bad news.


Me: Have you photographed Leonard Cohen?

Yes, a few times?

Me: And Bob Dylan?

Maybe half a dozen.

Me: What do you think of Dylan’s concerts?

Picture being at a Heston Blumenthal dinner. It’s cost you $500. The table is lovely, the view gorgeous, the menu looks fantastic. And then you get served up cheese sandwiches. Not even special cheese sandwiches. Bob Dylan’s like that. All the elements are there, but you get something else. For a while I kept going to them figuring that I’d go to the right one, but there isn’t a right one. Do you know his radio show?

Me: No

He had this radio show for a long time, it was in themes and it was witty, the guy’s got a great sense of humour. But he isn’t willing to bring any of it to the table when he’s performing. He almost died in a car crash at one point and started acting like maybe presenting his music in a concert wasn’t the worst thing in the world that could happen to him. But it didn’t last for long. Meeting him was no fun either.

Me: So who do you prefer out of Dylan and Leonard Cohen?

I’m Team Leonard. Dylan gives nothing at his concerts. Leonard gives everything. He’s respectful, he’s….

Paul, I will spare you the rave review of Leonard.

You will be pleased to hear that there is good news.

The Ian Bell I talked to was erudicate and entertaining and informative….and…

is considering writing a book one day.

It was THE WRONG IAN BELL.

So you can relax. Maybe Bob’s best after all. ( )
  bringbackbooks | Jun 16, 2020 |
Exhaustive and somewhat exhausting, but the last few chapters lift it out of endless detail to a happier space. I like to remember how fabulous he was in Halifax in 2008. :-) ( )
  Siubhan | Feb 28, 2018 |
Endless book that is mostly concerned with every tiny adjustment Cohen and others made to his music and poetry over the course of forty years, accompanied by breathless but shallow commentary on his many affairs.

Read this only if you’re fascinated by the minutia of the music industry, or if you’re a fan of gossip columns. ( )
  bohemima | Feb 23, 2018 |
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It might not count as the most illuminating anecdote in Sylvie Simmons’ exhaustive new biography of Leonard Cohen, but it surely lingers as one of the more memorable. In the mid 1990s, Cohen, by then already in his early sixties, cloisters himself for five years at the Mt. Baldy Zen Center high in the mountains near Los Angeles, where the daily routine involves a combination of prolonged bouts of meditation and physical labour, lasting roughly from 3 a.m. until 10 p.m. Cohen’s only breaks from this ascetic regimen are the infrequent occasions when he leaves the monastery to spend a couple of days at his home in Los Angeles, where he dines on Filet-o-Fish sandwiches and vintage French wine, while gorging on episodes of Jerry Springer’s raucous TV show.

From the outset, Simmons sketches a portrait of a person who gained the spotlight without ever losing his essential reticence. During his high school years in Montreal, Cohen was the shy kid who, paradoxically, became president of the student council. More significantly, as his career progressed, first through poetry and prose and later through music, he never quite fit the profile – in appearance, style, or attitude – of the generation from which he emerged. Age difference accounted for part of this. Cohen was already 32 – officially past the age of being trusted by the hippie/yippie set – when he tried to enlist in the Israeli army during the Six-Day War in June of 1967.

Simmons, a London-based journalist known for her authoritative contributions to the U.K. music magazine MOJO, has written something more than a disposable rock biography. The book is assiduously researched and resounds with voices: Cohen’s own, but also those of his friends, acquaintances, and former lovers. The narrative also offers a close reading of Cohen’s work – not only the songs but also the poetry and prose – in the process shedding valuable light on the alluring, inscrutable author of those enduring creations.
tillagd av VivienneR | ändraQuill & Quire, Vit Wagner (Jan 27, 2013)
 
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In this biography the author explores the facets of Cohen's life from his early childhood in Montreal, to his entree into the worlds of literature and music, his immersion in Jewish culture, obsession with Christian imagery, and deep commitment to Buddhist detachment, including the five years he spent at a monastery outside of Los Angeles and his ordainment as a Rinzai Zen Buddhist Monk.

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