Category Archives: Leonard Cohen

Highly Recommended Video: Shalom Goldman On The Poetry and Music of Leonard Cohen

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Hallelujah: The Poetry & Music of Leonard Cohen

A lecture supplemented with musical performances that explores Leonard Cohen’s connections to religion and culture, Hallelujah: The Poetry and Music of Leonard Cohen offers a sophisticated, insightful, and entertaining consideration of the life and work of the Canadian singer-songwriter. While hard core Cohenites will find little new information, the presentation is replete with well-integrated, significant details. The arguments are unusually cogent and occasionally spiced with benign irreverence.

From the YouTube description:

In this continuing series on rock legends and religion on October 22, 2014, Shalom Goldman, Professor of Religious Studies at Duke University, discusses the work of legendary song-writer and musician, Leonard Cohen. Folksinger Lisa Deaton and musicians from the Duke Divinity School faculty will accompany Goldman in this multimedia event that focuses on religion and culture in Cohen’s music and life.

Note: Although the presentation took place Oct 22, 2014, it appeared on YouTube only yesterday, Dec 11, 2014.

Hallelujah: The Poetry & Music of Leonard Cohen
Video by Duke Center for Jewish Studies

Now Online: Leonard Cohen’s Dark Passage (1993) By Tony Norman

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Leonard Cohen’s Dark Passage
By Tony Norman
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Jan 22, 1993

This is an incisive review of The Future album. The opening lines alone would justify the posting of this article.

If the Apocalypse has a face, its wizened stare belongs to musical cabalist and man-about-town Leonard Cohen.

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This article is part of the Leonard Cohen Press Archive

Leonard Cohen’s “You Got Me Singing” Featured In Video Tribute To Jean Béliveau

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From Hockey Night in Canada montage master releases his own tribute to Jean Beliveau by Sean Fitz-Gerald (National Post: December 9, 2014):

Tim Thompson released a tribute to Jean Beliveau on Tuesday, one day before the former Canadiens captain’s funeral. …

It is a tribute to Jean Béliveau, the Montreal Canadiens legend who died on Dec. 2, at 83, and it features the work of Leonard Cohen. It also includes, as Thompson writes in the caption below the video, “a selection by Luciano Pavarotti & Mirella Freni from Puccini’s ‘La boheme’ — which was Mr. Beliveau’s favourite opera.”

Cohen’s music was featured in another Tim Thompson hockey montage. For that story, see Two Canadian Institutions – The Montreal Canadiens & Leonard Cohen – Meet In Opening Montage Of Game 3: Habs vs Bruins

And dor the Leonard Cohen-hockey back story, see Leonard Cohen – Singer, Songwriter, Poet, Novelist, Left Defenceman

Sharon Robinson’s “On Tour with Leonard Cohen” – Compilation Post With All Preview Pix + Reviews & Info Now Online

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This summary post can be viewed at Update: On Tour with Leonard Cohen By Sharon Robinson – All Preview Photos + Reviews & Info

Now Online: Nursing The Cohen Habit (1979) by Mike Daly

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Recent Songs, the latest Cohen album, combines articulate (what else?) lyrics, Freudian guilt and  superb music.

Nursing The Cohen Habit
By Mike Daly 1979
The Age: Nov 1, 1979

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Now Online: Leonard Cohen’s Creative Bloodshed (1974) By Paul Nelson

Leonard Cohen’s Creative Bloodshed
By Paul Nelson
The Village Voice: Dec 2, 1974

In which, Leonard Cohen is favorably compared to Bob Dylan, Randy Newman, Ingmar Bergman,& Graham Greene

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