RIP Leonard Cohen. The world is richer for having had you, and poorer for having lost you.
At number 16 in Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of the 100 greatest songwriters is Leonard Cohen. Cohen was born in Montreal, Canada, in 1934. He was raised ina middle-class religious Jewish family; his maternal grandfather was a Rabi, his father Nathan Cohen died when Cohen was 9 years old.
The part of Montreal in which he grew up was an English speaking part of this predominantly French-speaking city, and so one can say that Cohen grew up as a minority within a minority; an English-speaking Jewish boy in a predominantly French-speaking Catholiccity. I have always heldthat this perception of himself asan “outsider” has influenced much of Cohen’s work.
Before becoming a songwriter, Cohen was a published poet. His first album of songs was Songs of Leonard Cohen, which was released in 1967. By this time, he had already published four books of poems; this poetic style is clearly visible…
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