I’m Your Man: the Life of Leonard Cohen – review

By Graham Reid In Books, Music

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20th December, 2012
On the eve of his first tour as a musician in 1970, a nervous Leonard Cohen – aged 34, an acclaimed poet and novelist itinerant between hometown Montreal, the Greek island of Hydra and New York’s Chelsea Hotel – requested a mask of his own face be made for him to wear while performing. As biographer Sylvie Simmons – astutely unpicking Cohen’s life, lyrics, poems and relationships – observes, “Leonard clearly had enough self-regard that he did not want to operate behind someone else’s face.” In Simmons’s assiduously researched 500-page book – written with ...

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