Thursday, August 3, 2006


Concert film and biography

Leonard Norman Cohen, (born 1934 in Montreal, Quebec) is a Canadian poet, novelist and singer-songwriter. Cohen began his career in literature, publishing his first book of poetry in 1956 and his first novel in 1963. Following his breakthrough in the music industry in the late 1960s, Cohen became one of the most distinguished and influential songwriters of the late twentieth century.
Cohen's songs are often emotionally heavy and lyrically complex, owing more to the metaphoric word play of poetry than to the conventions of song craft. His work often explores the themes of religion, isolation, sex and complex interpersonal relationships.
Cohen's music has become very influential on other singer-songwriters, and more than a thousand cover versions of his work have been recorded. He is iconic in his native land, having been inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame. He is a Companion of the Order of Canada, the nation's highest civilian honour.

There is no better way to appreciate a great talent than to see their body of works performed by others. Such is the case with Cohen’s songwriting ability filmed during a tribute show in 2005. Interspersed with the songs are his personal reminiscences and comments from various artists about the impact Cohen has had on their lives, and on ours.

for some sex-related material (if they say so…)

The movie title comes from what is widely considered as Cohen’s comeback album entitled, I’m Your Man.

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