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 one of these reverence we reserve for a important few dwelling artists? Why are his songs, 3 or 4 many years after their unique liberate, abruptly 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 tune, and the guidelines and ideology at its middle. Granted remarkable entry to Cohen’s own papers, Liel Leibovitz examines the intricacies of the fellow whose appearing occupation all started with a crippling bout of degree fright, but who, just a couple of years later, tamed a rowdy crowd at the Isle of Wight, fighting extra violence; the artist who had long past from a profitable international journey and a film famous person 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 sort of voice and imaginative and prescient mostly reserved just for the prophets.
More than simply an account of Cohen’s lifestyles, A damaged Hallelujah is an intimate examine the artist that's as emotionally astute because it is philosophically observant. Delving into the resources and that 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