Leonard Cohen on Leonard Cohen: Interviews and Encounters

Leonard Cohen, essentially the most fashionable performers of the final part century, has had a stranger-than-fiction, roller-coaster trip of a lifestyles. Now, for the 1st time, he tells his tale in his personal phrases, through greater than 50 interviews performed around the world among 1966 and 2012. In Leonard Cohen on Leonard Cohen—which incorporates a foreword by way of singer Suzanne Vega and 8 pages of hardly ever noticeable photos—the artist talks approximately "Bird at the Wire," "Hallelujah," and his different vintage songs. He candidly discusses his recognized romances, his years in a Zen monastery, his ill-fated collaboration with manufacturer Phil Spector, his lengthy conflict with melancholy, and lots more and plenty extra. You'll locate interviews that first seemed within the big apple instances and Rolling Stone, but in addition conversations that experience no longer formerly been revealed in English. the various fabric the following has no longer been on hand previously in any structure, together with the numerous illuminating memories that members provided in particular for this definitive anthology.

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At the time. Too accurate for most people’s taste. But as I believe that a general wipeout is imminent and that many people will be undergoing the same kind of breakdown that the singer underwent, the record will become more meaningful as more people crack up. “The third one [just released] is the way out. It is a return . . or maybe not even a return—a claim, another kind of strength . ” Isn’t that a kind of heavy responsibility? Aren’t you making a claim to be some sort of guide or prophet?

Look, I think the times are tough . . these are hard times. I don’t want in any way to set myself up as Timothy Leary or Abbie Hoffman. I’m not one of those guys. I have my feelings about how to move myself into areas that are not completely bordered with pain. And I’ve tried to lay out my chart as carefully as I can. indd 21 1/17/14 3:54 PM 22 The Sixties and Seventies come through something. I don’t want to boast about it. I don’t even want to talk about it. Look . . the songs are inspired.

It could even be that for most of them, words have become the first-aid station in the preventive detention camp of their feelings. Certainly they are all helpless romantics, trapped by rage in the age of efficiency. Cohen, of course, is crazy, but he is cunning enough to keep on the loose. ” He wants to be handsome, but settles for looking better than he expected. And wishing to be slick, he succeeds just enough to keep on wishing. He has no desire to be a pop star, yet he wants to sell records.

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