Leonard Norman Cohen CC GOQ was a Canadian singer-songwriter, poet, and novelist. His work explored religion, politics, isolation, depression, sexuality, loss, death and romantic relationships. Cohen was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, the Canadian Songwriters Hall of fame, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer. A posthumous album titled Thanks for the Dance was released in November 2019.
About Leonard Cohen in brief
Leonard Norman Cohen CC GOQ was a Canadian singer-songwriter, poet, and novelist. His work explored religion, politics, isolation, depression, sexuality, loss, death and romantic relationships. Cohen was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, the Canadian Songwriters Hall of fame, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer. He was invested as a Companion of the Order of Canada, the nation’s highest civilian honour. A posthumous album titled Thanks for the Dance was released in November 2019, his fifteenth and final studio album. Cohen pursued a career as a poet and novelist during the 1950s and early 1960s, and did not begin a music career until 1967 at the age of 33. His first album, Songs of Leonard Cohen, was followed by three more albums of folk music: Songs from a Room, Songs of Love and Hate and New Skin for the Old Ceremony. His 1977 record Death of a Ladies’ Man, co-written and produced by Phil Spector, was a move away from Cohen’s previous minimalist sound. Cohen returned to music in 2001 with the release of Ten New Songs, which was a major hit in Canada and Europe. His 11th album, Dear Heather, followed in 2004. Cohen released three albums in the final four years of his life: Old Ideas, Popular Problems and You Want It Darker, the last of which was released three weeks before his death. He has attributed his love of music to his mother, who sang songs around the house: \”I know that those changes, those melodies, touched me very much.
She would sing all night, when I took my guitar to a restaurant with some friends; we’d often come and eat at such places as the Saint Laurent Steak House. According to Cohen and journalist David Saxi, one of his cousins would go to the Maini Deli to watch the gangsters, wrestlers and wrestlers dance around the night. When Cohen left Westmount, he purchased a place on Saint-Laurent Boulevard, which had the nearest restaurant to him and his friend Morten Mortengarten, for him to share coffee and cigarettes. Cohen enjoyed the formerly raucous bars of Saint Joseph’s Oratory, as well as Saint Joseph’s Oratory. Cohen attended Roslyn Elementary School and completed grades seven through nine at Herzliah High School, where his literary mentor Irving Layton taught, then transferred in 1948 to Westmount High School. He became especially interested in the poetry of Federico García Lorca. Cohen involved himself actively beyond Westmount’s curriculum, in photography, on the yearbook staff, as a cheerleader, in the arts and current events clubs, and even served in the position of president of the Students’ Council while \”heavily involved in the school’s theater program\”. During that time, Cohen taught himself to play the acoustic guitar, and formed a country–folk group that he called the Buckskin Boys.