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.
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Table of Contents
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
Appendix Dramatis Personae 471