Leonard Cohen, Untold Stories: The Early Years

Leonard Cohen, Untold Stories: The Early Years

by Michael Posner


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The extraordinary life of one of the world’s greatest music and literary icons, in the words of those who knew him best.

Poet, novelist, singer-songwriter, artist, prophet, icon—there has never been a figure like Leonard Cohen. He was a true giant in contemporary western culture, entertaining and inspiring people everywhere with his work. From his groundbreaking and bestselling novels, The Favourite Game and Beautiful Losers, to timeless songs such as “Suzanne,” “Dance Me to the End of Love,” and “Hallelujah,” Cohen is a cherished artist. His death in 2016 was felt around the world by the many fans and followers who would miss his warmth, humour, intellect, and piercing insights.

Leonard Cohen, Untold Stories chronicles the full breadth of his extraordinary life. The first of three volumes—The Early Years—follows him from his boyhood in Montreal to university, and his burgeoning literary career to the world of music, culminating with his first international tour in 1970.

Through the voices of those who knew him best—family and friends, colleagues and contemporaries, rivals, business partners, and his many lovers—the book probes deeply into both Cohen’s public and private life. It also paints a portrait of an era, the social, cultural, and political revolutions that shook the 1960s.

In this revealing and entertaining first volume, bestselling author and biographer Michael Posner draws on hundreds of interviews to reach beyond the Cohen of myth and reveal the unique, complex, and compelling figure of the real man.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781982152628
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 10/20/2020
Series: Leonard Cohen, Untold Stories series , #1
Pages: 496
Sales rank: 229,556
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.70(d)

About the Author

Michael Posner is an award-winning writer, playwright, and journalist, and the author or coauthor of eight previous books. These include the bestselling Leonard Cohen, Untold Stories: The Early Years, Vol. 1, as well as the Mordecai Richler biography The Last Honest Man, and the Anne Murray autobiography All of Me, both of which were national bestsellers. He was Washington Bureau Chief for Maclean’s magazine and also managing editor of the Financial Times of Canada. He later spent sixteen years as a senior writer with The Globe and Mail.

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

Chapter 1 The House of Cohen l

Chapter 2 Lenny, Prince of Westmount 23

Chapter 3 Trace of a Wound, Mantle of an Artist 59

Chapter 4 The Birth of the Magus 95

Chapter 5 All the World Is in Front of You 143

Chapter 6 My Freedom Is Fragile 175

Chapter 7 All the Lonesome Heroes 211

Chapter 8 Is There Any Fire Left? 251

Chapter 9 I Must Be a Singer 291

Chapter 10 Never Finished, Only Abandoned 333

Chapter 11 Nashville Blues 391

Chapter 12 A Flake of Your Life 431

Epilogue 465

Acknowledgements 467

Appendix Dramatis Personae 471

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