Leonard Cohen focus of ‘Hallelujah’ biography

  One of my favorite songs is “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen. The melody is haunting, the words mesmerizing, and the overall production is just amazing.
  However, I didn’t know much about Cohen, the man who wrote the song.
  In his new book, “Leonard Cohen — Hallelujah: A New Biography,” author Tim Footman sets out to introduce the legendary man and how he has become one of the top iconoclastic figures in today’s music scene.
  Footman chronicles the amazing highs and lows that have punctuated the fascinating life of Cohen. This incredibly in-depth biography explores the vast catalog of songs, poetry and other literary ventures by Cohen in great detail.
  From his early years as a poet and author in Canada, his relocation to New York City and subsequent fringe involvement within the folk and rock scenes of the ’60s and ’70s to his years spent in seclusion in a Buddhist monastery, Footman leaves no stone unturned when it comes to Cohen’s life. There is frank discussion of Cohen’s personal life, his literary career and his music career, including quotes from interviews with many of Cohen’s colleagues and friends.
  Cohen is experiencing a new resurgence of interest in his music today by a new generation of admirers. This unique biography of the man and his life will enable his fans to have a closer insight into the inner-workings of this musical idol’s creative life.
  A side note: One thing I did find rather distasteful was Footman’s use of vulgar language throughout the book. In my personal opinion, I just felt it wasn’t necessary to convey a sense of the man he was writing about, and that it was a teeny bit gratuitous on the author’s behalf — maybe to try to show how hip he is. You are writing about one of the hippest men in music today, Mr. Footman — don’t blow it by being tacky.

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