Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Leonard Cohen : Acclaim at last

Leonard Cohen

One of my favorite songwriters is Leonard Cohen.

At long last, the rest of the world has acknowledged the
Montreal born artist.

Sunday night in a ceremony at New York's Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, Cohen was inducted into the
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

He joined Madonna, John Mellencamp, Gamble & Huff and Little Walter in the prestigious Who's Who of Rockers.

I first met Cohen not on a CD, but vinyl. It was a well-worn copy of his LP
The Songs of Leonard Cohen and contained the hit Suzanne.

Of course I liked it -- it was my song, even though my name was Susan.

I recently picked up a copy of
Book of Longing. It's his collection of poetry, 20 years in the making, written in California, Montreal and Mumbai. It includes his playful line drawings.

This summer, the
Festival International de Jazz de Montréal's (Montreal Jazz Festival) line-up includes Leonard Cohen.

Organizers say it’s a rare and long-awaited visit from the 73-year-old singer-songwriter. He will perform three pre-opening concerts on June 23, 24 and 25, in Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, Place des Arts.

Tickets go on sale Thursday, March 13 at noon (Montreal time) by logging onto
http://laplacedesarts.com or http://admission.com. To talk to a live person, call 514.790.1245.

Read Mark Lepage's feature about Cohen and the ceremony in
The Gazette.

My much played copy of Leonard Cohen: The Best Of
Photo by Sue Frause


Anonymous said...

Be sure to see the DVD "Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man. I watched/listened to it 10 times while packing for Florida. It's the McGonigle sisters and their kids (Rufus and Martha Wainwright) singing Cohen's songs, with clips of Cohen, his drawings, photos, and musings from Bono and other musicians -- and an interview of him -- in between. You haven't heard Hallelujah until you hear Rufus sing it -- also, Chelsea Hotel. Spellbinding! Jenny

SUE FRAUSE said...

Thanks for the tip -- it's on my list of films to see (it may even be one for my DVD library). Make sure you hear k.d. lang's version of Hallelujah on her wonderful Songs From the 49th Parallel CD. All written by Canadians. Sue

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