OverviewLeonard Cohen, one of the most admired performers of the last half century, has had a stranger-than-fiction, roller-coaster ride of a life. Now, for the first time, he tells his story in his own words, via more than 50 interviews conducted worldwide between 1966 and 2012. In Leonard Cohen on Leonard Cohen—which includes a foreword by singer Suzanne Vega and eight pages of rarely seen photos—the artist talks about “Bird on the Wire,” “Hallelujah,” and his other classic songs. He candidly discusses his famous romances, his years in a Zen monastery, his ill-fated collaboration with producer Phil Spector, his long battle with depression, and much more. You’ll find interviews that first appeared in the New York Times and Rolling Stone, but also material that has not previously been printed in English. A few have not been available until now in any format, including many illuminating reminiscences that contributors supplied specifically for this definitive anthology.
Reviews"A treasure trove for Leonard Cohen fans—the dazzling, wide-ranging collection of interviews that Jeff Burger has unearthed not only offers the songwriter's story in his own words, but reveals that Cohen's language in conversation can be every bit as magnificent as his lyrics." —Alan Light, author, The Holy or The Broken: Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley and the Unlikely Ascent of “Hallelujah”
"...Burger’s discerning editorial hand selects those conversations with Cohen that offer insights into his music. For longtime fans as well as newcomers to Cohen’s work." —Publishers Weekly
"This book will appeal to Cohen aficionados and researchers. Readers will gain a wealth of information about his take on life..." —Library Journal
"This is a must for Cohen fans." —Starred review, Booklist
"It would be silly for younot to own a copy." —The Awl
"This is a collection of more than fifty interviews Cohen conducted between 1966 and 2012. And if you think LC is even a fraction as important to one's sanity as I do, you'll be interested to see what's in it." —TheNation.com
"Burger has assembled an excellent mosaic image of LC ... and the results are both very thorough and very satisfying." —GroundControl Magazine
"The result is a fascinating and discursive oral autobiography." —Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Author BiographyJeff Burger is the editor of Springsteen on Springsteen. He has contributed to Reader’s Digest, Family Circle, GQ, the Los Angeles Times, Barron’s, and more than seventy-five other magazines, newspapers, and books, including many national and international music periodicals. He has published interviews with such leading musicians as Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Tom Waits, the Righteous Brothers, and the members of Steely Dan. He has also interviewed many other public figures, including Sir Richard Branson, F. Lee Bailey, James Carville, Suze Orman, Sydney Pollack, and Wolfman Jack. His website is byjeffburger.com.