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Best Leonard Cohen Books – Biographies and Books by the Songwriter

Leonard Cohen Books

Leonard Cohen is one of our favorite songwriters, but in addition to his excellent music, he also published a number of books of poetry and fiction. Here are some of the best Leonard Cohen books — including both biographies and books by the songwriter.

This week marks the anniversary of his death in 2016. We remember his life and work with this reading guide to the best Leonard Cohen Books …

Leonard Cohen Books

2. Various Positions: A Life of Leonard Cohen 

by Ira Nadel

Known as the “Prince of Bummers,” Leonard Cohen is a multi-talented poet, singer-songwriter, novelist, and Zen Buddhist whose career has spanned more than forty years and inspired countless other artists. In this critically acclaimed biography originally published in 1996 by Pantheon Books, Ira Nadel draws on extensive interviews with Cohen, as well as excerpts from his unpublished letters, journals, notebooks, songs, and other writings, to offer a full portrait of this enigmatic man and his artistic career. A new concluding chapter brings Cohen’s story up-to-date, including the release of the albums Dear HeatherTen New SongsThe Essential Leonard Cohen, and Blue Alert, as well as the publication of Book of Longing and the screening of the documentary film Leonard Cohen, I’m Your Man.



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