Leonard Cohen: A Life or The Remarkable Life of Leonard Cohen or Leonard Cohen: A Remarkable Life

by |September 3, 2010

What’s the title, guys?

The book is not out until October so they still have a month to debate the issue. Here’s what the author, Anthony Reynolds, recently said on the subject:

The book I hope, will be called “Leonard Cohen: A Life”. I had no choice in the title listed on Amazon or in the cover – they just appeared one day. The publishers need to get something up for pre-orders and the like. I don’t like the “Remarkable” bit, it’s a bit unremarkable, and I’m sure it’ll be changed. (My working title was “The Wholly Profane Life of L.Cohen”. Another was “Dial L for Lenny”, or “I Scream Cohen”). I love the cover photo of the book though – genius – and hope that stays.

I saw Leonard Cohen in concert last year and it was the best concert I have ever seen. He was more than an entertainer, he gave hope to the thoughtful, he restated the true and complicated meaning of beauty in every note played and word sung, and he seduced his audience with his wit, intelligence, whimsy and energy.

Here’s what the publishers in Oz have to say about the book:

Anthony Reynolds’ fascinating and detailed biography draws on scores of new interviews conducted with Cohen’s band members past and present, his business associates, editors, friends, fans, producers, colleagues, enemies and peers.

As well as their revealing accounts, the author has gained access to hours of previously unpublished interviews with Cohen as well as video archive recordings from several decades. The book also includes an authoritative summary of every Cohen album, with insights and recollections supplied from the musicians who appeared on the recordings.

Gradually, despite Cohen’s own good-natured evasiveness over the past 40 years, a surprisingly frank portrait begins to emerge of the legendary figure who commands unparalleled loyalty from his fans and followers, young and old. From the distant days of his penniless beginnings as a much-praised poet in Montreal, through the travels, affairs and religious crisis to his latest tours, Cohen’s extraordinary life and body of work is examined as never before.

The book includes many previously unpublished photographs.

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John Purcell (aka Natasha Walker) is the author of The Secret Lives of Emma trilogy published by Random House Australia. The Secret Lives of Emma: Beginnings reached the top ten on the Australian fiction charts and Natasha/John was the tenth highest selling Australian novelist and third highest selling Australian debut author in 2012. The trilogy has since sold over 50,000 copies in print and ebook and has been translated into French and Polish. John has worked in the book industry for the last twenty years. While still in his twenties he opened John’s Bookshop, a second-hand bookshop in Mosman in which he sat for ten years reading, ranting and writing. Now he is the Head of Product and Chief Buyer at booktopia.com.au.

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Comments

  • Michael Layden

    December 27, 2010 at 5:49 pm

    This is a very poorly written piece of work, and the editing and proofing is just shoddy. People’s names change their spelling from sentence to sentence; words are omitted; at one point we have Cohen’s parents respecting the honour of his vacation (sic). By 30 pages in, I was losing count of the errors. And the text itself is not good enough to distract one’s attention from the bloopers.

  • Michael Layden

    December 27, 2010 at 5:49 pm

    This is a very poorly written piece of work, and the editing and proofing is just shoddy. People’s names change their spelling from sentence to sentence; words are omitted; at one point we have Cohen’s parents respecting the honour of his vacation (sic). By 30 pages in, I was losing count of the errors. And the text itself is not good enough to distract one’s attention from the bloopers.

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