Leonard Cohen died in his sleep after a fall at his home in Los Angeles, his manager has said.
‘I was born like this, I had no choice/I was born with the gift of a golden voice”, Leonard Cohen assured us on 1988’s Tower of Song, in laconic acknowledgment of his famously flat, funereal baritone.
It is a remarkable testament to the scope of popular music that Leonard Cohen could ever have been filed under the headings of rock or pop.
On Thursday, Bob Dylan was awarded the Nobel prize for literature, sparking controversy among musicians, novelists and fans. That evening in Los Angeles, his songwriting peer and friend Leonard Cohen gave his thoughts on Dylan’s award. “To me,” he said, “[the award] is like pinning a medal on Mount Everest for being the highest mountain.”
Leonard Cohen has once again demonstrated his ability to speak with calm clarity on the subject of death.
Last December’s Live in Dublin documented one magical night on Leonard Cohen’s last globe-trot, a world tour in perpetual stop-start motion.
The first song on Leonard Cohen’s new album,Popular Problems, which is released on Tuesday, two days after his 80th birthday, is called Slow.
Leonard Cohen is a man who understands the power of words, and so refuses to be drawn into using them thoughtlessly. At a private preview of his 13th album, Popular Problems, on Tuesday evening in London, the legendary singer-songwriter refused to be drawn on the question of Scottish independence.
Leonard Cohen has opened up about his upcoming 13th album, revealing that most of Popular Problems’ “musical ideas” came from someone else: Patrick Leonard, who co-wrote eight of the LP’s nine songs.