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Leonard Cohen

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Montreal, Canada (1967 – present)

Leonard Cohen (b. 21st September 1934 in Montréal, Quebec) is a Canadian , and musician. His musical career has largely overshadowed his prior work as a poet and novelist, although he continued to publish poetry sporadically after his breakthrough in the music industry.

In 1967, disappointed with his lack of financial success as a writer, Cohen moved to the United States to pursue a career as a folk music singer-songwriter. During the 1960s, he was a fringe figure in Andy Warhol’s “Factory” crowd. Warhol speculated that Cohen had spent time listening to Nico in clubs and that this had influenced his musical style. His song “Suzanne” became a hit for Judy Collins and was for many years his most covered song. After performing at a few folk festivals, he came to the attention of Columbia Records representative John H. Hammond who signed Cohen to a record deal.

Musically, Cohen’s early songs are based in folk music, in terms of both melody and instrumentation; from the 1970s, though, his work begins to show the influence of various types of popular and cabaret music. Since the 1980s he has typically sung in a deep bass register, accompanied by synthesisers and female backing vocals.

Despite not embarking on a tour since 1993, Cohen was forced to go on the road in 2008, following the alleged misappropriation of over five million U.S. dollars from his retirement by his longtime former manager, Kelley Lynch. This left him close to bankruptcy, and Cohen’s mammoth world tour lasted two and a half years and included 246 shows.

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  • Malderrrrr

    He has much more attitude than almost 99% rock bands [2]

    12 May 5:15pm Reply
  • TheUselessGolem

    The new live album is awesome!

    9 May 10:23am Reply
  • jessyrocker

    Cool Music

    5 May 12:32pm Reply
  • EDRORR

    He has much more attitude than almost 99% rock bands.

    3 May 8:28pm Reply
  • luckystoned

    ha ha ha that's funny - who gives a rock tag? .... i didn't know that leonard cohen is a rocker ..... yeah, he rock your ass and his sound blow your mind away ;-)

    30 Apr 7:14pm Reply
  • BorrowWings

    "I don’t remember lighting this cigarette and I don’t remember if I’m here alone or waiting for someone."

    3 Apr 1:07am Reply
  • stateofgrace9

    Never die.

    30 Mar 2:22pm Reply
  • TheOnlyMAD

    Dress Rehearsal Rag is easily his best song. So depressing.

    25 Mar 6:54pm Reply
  • annabeatle

    That angel's voice

    21 Mar 11:13pm Reply
  • demoniodelsur

    grande cohen, maestro inspirador

    21 Mar 3:07am Reply
  • IamFlood

    i prefer feels so good to anything on popular problems. i hope it gets an official release somewhere down the line.

    26 Feb 7:50am Reply
  • stupidstuff

    vv they're my two favorite Len albums.

    20 Feb 12:10am Reply
  • CreamCat

    In the house of mystery, there was no one at all.

    18 Feb 2:35pm Reply
  • TheWhiteMage

    I'm Your Man and Ten New Songs are his best works. Fight me IRL

    14 Feb 11:33am Reply
  • Mr_CandySuxxx

    "Well, never mind, we are ugly but we have the music."

    6 Feb 3:01pm Reply
  • sulfric

    guy looks like dustin hoffman

    3 Feb 11:23pm Reply
  • BJBooth

    MetalDisgusting you obviously shouldn't bother listening to Cohen's music as it is way over your head, stick with something you understand like Lady Gaga or easier to follow crap. Cohen is Canada's greatest poet and an influence to literally hundreds of musicians who know a lot more about music than you do. One question: did you have to look up the spelling of pretentious or did you actually know hoiw to spell it? If the latter, I'm impressed.

    27 Jan 11:04pm Reply
  • redmoblin

    "I hate his fucking cryptic bullshit lyrics. I want to listen to some shit that isn't pretentious as fuck that doesn't expect you to understand it a lifetime over." Generally pretentious refers to something that tries to be "deep" and "meaningful" yet fails. To say that Leonard Cohen's lyrics are meaningless.....you need to get your ears checked out. /arguingontheinternet

    24 Jan 11:55pm Reply
  • BetoMMacedo

    http://www.lastfm.com.br/music/Leonard+Cohen/+images/103083481

    21 Jan 11:04pm Reply
  • Sad_florenthine

    Love this gifted poet.

    14 Jan 2:43am Reply
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