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As well as their revealing accounts, the author has gained access to hours of previously unpublished interviews with Cohen as well as video archive recordings from several decades.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The book includes many previously unpublished photographs.
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While still in his twenties, John Purcell opened a second-hand bookshop in Mosman, Sydney, in which he sat for ten years reading, ranting and writing. Since then he has written, under a pseudonym, a series of very successful novels, interviewed hundreds of writers about their work, appeared at writers’ festivals, on TV (most bizarrely in comedian Luke McGregor’s documentary Luke Warm Sex) and has been featured in prominent newspapers and magazines. Now, as the Director of Books at booktopia.com.au, Australia’s largest online bookseller, he supports Australian writing in all its forms. He lives in Sydney with his wife, two children, three dogs, five cats, unnumbered gold fish and his overlarge book collection.