I'm Your Man : The Life of Leonard Cohen

I'm Your Man : The Life of Leonard Cohen
Author: Sylvie Simmons
Rating: 4.17
Bestsellers Rate: 20623
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Book Format: Paperback
Binding: Мягкий
Pages: 576
Hours of reading: 9.6 hours
Publication Date: 2021
Languages: | English |
Price: 14,95 €

About the book

WITH A NEW AFTERWORD BY THE AUTHOR The definitive biography of the late Leonard Cohen - singer-songwriter, musician, poet, and novelist. The genius behind such classic songs as Suzanne, So Long, Marianne, Bird on the Wire and Hallelujah, Leonard Cohen has been one of the most important and influential songwriters of our time, a man of spirituality, emotion, and intelligence whose work has explored the definitive issues of human life - sex, religion, power, meaning, love. I'm Your Man explores the facets of Cohen's life. Renowned music journalist Sylvie Simmons draws on Cohen's private archives and a wealth of interviews with many of his closest associates, colleagues, and other artists whose work he has inspired. Containing exclusive material and interviews, this is the biography to buy on Leonard Cohen.


Simmons’ clear affection for her subject helps to illuminate Cohen’s motivations and working methods and gives an intriguing insight into his singular mind


Cohen gets the music biography he truly deserves * Mojo * Simmons' clear affection for her subject helps to illuminate Cohen's motivations and working methods and gives an intriguing insight into his singular mind * Sunday Times * The year's most meticulous, elegant and satisfying rock book * Independent * Simmons loves language, hates cliche and takes her time... [she] recreates long-gone incidents with such vigour that you'd swear Simmons was there at the time, sitting in the corner and taking notes * Guardian * A well-rounded portrait of the poet-singer...his dry wit finds an echo in Simmons's phrase-making * Financial Times *

Sylvie Simmons Biography

Sylvie Simmons is a London-born, California-based music journalist, named as a "principal player" in Paul Gorman's book on the history of the rock music press In Their Own Write (Sanctuary Publishing, 2001). A widely regarded writer and rock historian since the late 1970s, she is one of the few women to be included among the predominantly male rock elite. Simmons is the author of a number of books, including biography and cult fiction. Simmons is also a singer-songwriter, ukulele player and recording artist.



In 1977 Simmons decamped to Los Angeles and became US correspondent for Sounds, one of the four major UK rock music weeklies of the period. She wrote interviews, reviews and a weekly column, 'Hollywood Highs'. One of her earliest assignments was being sent on the road with Black Sabbath. During her first years in L.A, among the hundreds of artists she interviewed were AC/DC, Rod Stewart, The Clash, Sex Pistols, Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Nicks, Muddy Waters, Steely Dan, Blondie, Frank Zappa, Tom Petty, Beach Boys, Van Halen, Kiss, and Michael Jackson. During the '80s, when Los Angeles witnessed an upsurge in heavy metal, hair metal and glam rock, Simmons wrote what are regarded as the definitive features on the movement, being the first journalist to bring then-unknown acts like Mötley Crüe and Guns N' Roses to international attention. (She would go on to co-author the first book on Mötley Crüe with rock writer Malcolm Dome, Lüde, Crüde and Rüde, 1994, out of print). In 1981 when Sounds editor Geoff Barton founded the UK heavy metal magazine Kerrang!, he asked Simmons to be its L.A correspondent. She did so, under the pseudonym (and blonde wig) of Laura Canyon, while continuing to write under her own name for Sounds. During her LA period Simmons wrote a weekly music column for the Knight-Ridder newspaper syndicate; a monthly column for the Japanese magazine Music Life; and interviews/articles for a number of European publications. She was a regular contributor to the US rock magazine Creem and co-hosted the syndicated US rock radio show "London Wavelength".


In 1984 Simmons moved back to North London continuing to write for Sounds and Kerrang! along with other UK magazines and newspapers - Q, The Times, the Radio Times and The Guardian. She wrote for US, European and Japanese magazines, this time as a UK correspondent, including Creem, Creem Metal, Rockin F; Metal Hammer. Among the artists she interviewed during this period were Joni Mitchell; Cyndi Lauper; Kate Bush; Warren Zevon; Little Richard; Boy George; Mick Jagger; Sting; George Michael; Jimmy Page; Robert Plant; Elton John. In 1990 Simmons moved to France. She continued to write about music, making frequent trips to London and L.A. to do interviews. Simmons started writing rock-related short fiction. These would later be published as Too Weird For Ziggy, (Black Cat, ISBN 0-8021-4156-0) a collection of interlinked short ... Read full biography

Authors: Sylvie Simmons
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Imprint: VINTAGE
Languages: | English |
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ISBN13: 9780099549321
ISBN10: 0099549328
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Book Format: Paperback
Book Binding: Мягкий
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Pages: 576
Book Weight: 490
Book Dimensions: 129x198x42
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Publication date: June 6, 2013
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Publication City/Country: London, United Kingdom

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