Personalities | Leonard Cohen | Sixties | Rock

(Guitar, singer-songwriter, b. 1934)

Despite a humble vocal endowment, this acclaimed Canadian poet and novelist moved to the States in his mid-30s to make his first essay as a recording artist with 1968’s sparsely arranged and all-acoustic Songs Of Leonard Cohen, which included the much-covered ‘Bird On A Wire’. Reaching out to self-doubting adolescent diarists, it and its successors – notably Songs From A Room and 1971’s Songs Of Love And Hate – were big hits, albeit much less so in North America than Europe, where he was a surprise hit at 1970’s Isle of Wight festival, although the gloomy content of many of his compositions had Cohen stereotyped by the media as a merchant of melancholy. After weathering punk, in which his wordy gentility had no place, later albums such as I’m Your Man (1988) and Ten New Songs (2003) brought him to a new young audience interested in pop of far more depth than the usual.

Styles & Forms | Sixties | Rock
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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock, general editor Michael Heatley


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