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Foreword | Suzanne Vega

Preface | Jeff Burger


 

PART I: THE SIXTIES AND SEVENTIES

Cohen draws attention with his poetry and fiction, then picks up a guitar and delivers classics like “Suzanne,” “Sisters of Mercy,” “Bird on the Wire,” and “Famous Blue Raincoat.”

TV Interview | ADRIENNE CLARKSON

May 23, 1966, Take 30, CBC (Canada)

After the Wipeout, a Renewal | SANDRA DJWA

February 3, 1967, The Ubyssey (Vancouver, Canada)

Ladies & Gents, Leonard Cohen | JACK HAFFERKAMP

Late 1970, interview; February 4, 1971, Rolling Stone (US)

Famous Last Words from Leonard Cohen (The Poet’s Final Interview, He Hopes) | PAUL SALTZMAN

June 1972, Maclean’s (Canada)

Cohen Regrets | ALASTAIR PIRRIE

March 1973, interview; March 10, 1973, New Musical Express (UK)

Leonard Cohen | PAT HARBRON

Summer 1973, interview; December 1973, Beetle (Canada)

Depressing? Who? Me? | STEVE TURNER

June 29, 1974, New Musical Express (UK)

Interview | ROBIN PIKE

September 15, 1974, interview; October 1974, ZigZag (UK)

Interview | JORDI SIERRA I. FABRA


 

October 12–14, 1974, interview; 2005, Leonard Cohen (book, Spain)

Leonard Cohen: The Romantic in a Ragpicker’s Trade | PAUL WILLIAMS

March 1975, Crawdaddy! (US)

Suffering for Fan and Profit: The Return of Leonard Cohen | MICK BROWN

May 24, 1976, interview; July 3, 1976, Sounds (UK)

Leonard Lately: A Leonard Cohen Interview | BILL CONRAD

Fall 1976, interview; May 7, 2012, nodepression.com

The Obscure Case of Leonard Cohen and the Mysterious Mr. M. | BRUCE POLLOCK

Late 1976, interview; February 1977, After Dark (US)

What Happened When Phil Spector Met Leonard Cohen? | HARVEY KUBERNIK

January 1978, The Los Angeles Phonograph (Los Angeles)

 

PART II: THE EIGHTIES

Cohen offers only two studio albums, but they feature such monumental works as “Hallelujah,” “I Can’t Forget,” and “Tower of Song.”

TV Interview | PATRICK WATSON

February 1 and 8, 1980, Authors, CBC (Canada)

Encountering Cohen | STEVE VENRIGHT

May 1983, interview; August 1983, Shades (Toronto)

Radio Interview | VICKI GABEREAU

May 1984, interview; September 6, 1984, Variety Tonight, CBC (Canada)

Interview | ROBERT SWARD

December 1984, interview; December 1986, Malahat Review (Canada)

Interview | KRISTINE McKENNA

January 1985, interview; 2001, Book of Changes (US)

TV Interview | RAY MARTIN

May 24, 1985, The Midday Show with Ray Martin, Nine Network

(Sydney, Australia)

Songs and Thoughts of Leonard Cohen | ROBERT O’BRIAN

January 1987, interview; September 1987, RockBill (US)

Len | JON WILDE

December 1987, interview; February 1988, Blitz (UK)

Interview | KRISTINE McKENNA

March 1988, interview; May 6, 1988, L.A. Weekly (Los Angeles)

Leonard Cohen: The Profits of Doom | STEVE TURNER

April 1988, Q (UK)

I’m Your Man | ALBERTO MANZANO

May 1988, Rockdelux (Spain)

Dinner with Leonard | ELIZABETH BOLEMAN-HERRING

June 18, 1988, interview; September 1988, The Athenian (Greece)

Radio Interview | TOM SCHNABEL

July 13, 1988, Morning Becomes Eclectic, KCRW-FM (Santa Monica,

California)

Radio Interview | KRISTINE McKENNA

October 1988, Eight Hours to Harry, KCRW-FM (Santa Monica,

California)

 

PART III: THE NINETIES

Cohen issues The Future and a book of poems and songs, then climbs Mount Baldy to try out the life of a monk.

Leonard Cohen and the Death of Cool | DEBORAH SPRAGUE

November 1991, interview; spring 1992, Your Flesh (US)

The Smoky Life | JENNIE PUNTER

January 1992, Music Express (North America)

Leonard Cohen: Inside the Tower of Song | PAUL ZOLLO

February 1992, interview; April 1993, SongTalk (US)

TV Interview | BARBARA GOWDY

November 19, 1992, OTV (Ontario, Canada)

The Loneliness of the Long-Suffering Folkie | WAYNE ROBINS

November 22, 1992, Newsday (New York)

Growing Old Passionately | ALAN JACKSON

November 22, 1992, The Observer (London)

Leonard Cohen: The Lord Byron of Rock and Roll | KAREN SCHOEMER

November 29, 1992, The New York Times (New York)

The Future | ALBERTO MANZANO

May 1993, interview; spring 1993, El Europeo (Spain)

Radio Interview | VIN SCELSA

June 13, 1993, Idiot’s Delight, WXRK-FM (New York)

The Prophet of Love Looks into the Abyss: A Conversation with Leonard Cohen | THOM JUREK

August 18, 1993, Metro Times (Detroit)

“I Am the Little Jew Who Wrote the Bible” | ARTHUR KURZWEIL

November 23, 1993, interview; January 1994, The Jewish Book News (US)

Radio Interview | CHRIS DOURIDAS

December 1993, Morning Becomes Eclectic, KCRW-FM (Santa Monica, California)

Interview | RICHARD GUILLIATT

December 12, 1993, The Sunday Times Magazine (London)

TV Interview | STINA LUNDBERG DABROWSKI

September 1997, Swedish National Television (Scandinavia)

TV Interview | VALERIE PRINGLE

October 28, 1997, W5, CTV (Canada)

  

PART IV: THE NEW MILENNIUM

Down from the mountain, Cohen enjoys a fresh outlook on life—and the biggest successes of his half-century career.

TV Interview | STINA LUNDBERG DABROWSKI

Early 2001, Swedish National Television (Scandinavia)

Happy at Last: The Poet Returns from his Zen Retreat with a New Album and a Sunnier Disposition | J. POET

November 2001, Pulse! (US)

Exile on Main Street | BRETT GRAINGER

November 2001, Elm Street (Canada)

The Prince of Prurience and Loss | JOHN LELAND

November 2001, GQ (US)

Brother of Mercy | MIKAL GILMORE

Late 2001, interview; March 2002, Spin (US)

Radio Interview | SHELAGH ROGERS

February 7, 2006, Sounds Like Canada, CBC (Canada)

Life of a Ladies’ Man | SARAH HAMPSON

May 26, 2007, The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

He’s Your Man | GILLIAN G. GAAR

June 2007, Harp (US)

Cohen Wore Earplugs to a Dylan Show? | BRIAN D. JOHNSON

June 4, 2008, interview; June 12, 2008, macleans.ca (Canada)

TV and Radio Interview | JIAN GHOMESHI

April 16, 2009, Q with Jian Ghomeshi, QTV (Quebec), CBC Radio One (Canada)

“All I’ve Got to Put in a Song Is My Own Experience” | DORIAN LYNSKEY

January 19, 2012, The Guardian (London)

 

The Works of Leonard Cohen

About the Contributors

About the Editor

Credits

Index

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