I'm your Man

The Life of Leonard Cohen

Simmons, Sylvie

Book - 2012
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
I'm your Man
In this biography the author explores the facets of Cohen's life from his early childhood in Montreal, to his entree into the worlds of literature and music, his immersion in Jewish culture, obsession with Christian imagery, and deep commitment to Buddhist detachment, including the five years he spent at a monastery outside of Los Angeles and his ordination as a Rinzai Zen Buddhist Monk.

Publisher: New York : Ecco Press/HarperCollins Publishers, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780061994982
Branch Call Number: B-Co66s 2012
Characteristics: vi, 570 p., [16] p. of plates :,ill., ports. ;,24 cm


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Sep 16, 2014
  • Motobrarian rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A lovely biography, as a massive Leonard Cohen fan I found the book delightful and revealing. After reading it I'm an even bigger fan. The book reads easily, is insightful and entertaining. A definite 5 star work.

Dec 04, 2013
  • ms_mustard rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

ring the bells that still can ring, forget your perfect offering, there is a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in. Simmons looks through the cracks at how Cohen lets the light into his lyrics and music.

Nov 10, 2013
  • Kebabette rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Sylvie Simmons is an excellent biographer. She has the fan's knowledge and ardour for her subject - but also a cool journalistic instinct. The combination of the two makes for a compelling read on one of the great geniuses of our time.

Feb 28, 2013
  • BPLNextBestAdults rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

After 3 years of research and interviews with colleagues, former lovers, family and friends, Simmons finally got a personal interview with the man himself.

The result is this beautifully crafted in depth look at the soul of a soulful man. Simmons has set the bar high; she’s a long term music journalist and rock ‘n’ roll detective. She gives us an intimate portrait of the man; probably revealing more than the man himself wanted to reveal.

I’m Your Man has been called the music book of the year AND the biography of the year. It deserves both accolades.

Feb 19, 2013

"Exploring the many facets of Cohen's life, this intimate portrait of one of the most important and influential songwriters of our time draws upon his private archives and a wealth of interviews with many of his closest associates, colleagues and other artists whose work he has inspired." February 2013 Biography and Memoir newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=602836

Jan 05, 2013
  • kshinn rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Incredible. I saw him LIVE for the first time 12/20/12 in Brooklyn, NY. Truly a mystical, revered and almost religious experience. I prepared myself for this concert by reading this book. Even my 27 year old son, who 's favorite genre of music leans towards rap/death metal was spellbound by the performance. He left as a fan of Leonard. How is it that a 78 year old man's music
can do this? He's a genius, that's why!!!

Dec 28, 2012
  • megaculpa rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This book should be on every boomer's reading list. An exhaustively researched and well-crafted biography. Cohen pursued his personal and spiritual journey in a most public way, from the adolescent awkwardness of his early work to the universal anthems of his later years. Simmons manages to connect his art and life in ways that illuminate the man, without diminishing him. Not a critical biography, but will do until one comes along.

Dec 20, 2012
  • tickvah18 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Fantastic book. Well written. A portrait of a man that is a living legend in his time!

Nov 24, 2012

Extraordinary life of a great Canadian

Nov 03, 2012
  • ownedbydoxies rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Entertainingly well-written and detailed, with an elegant turn of phrase. Unlike so many other 'celebrity' bios, this one doesn't dwell to the point of yawning tedium on drugs and sex, although of course drugs and sex are part of the thing, to no one's surprise. But instead, this book explores, sometimes humorously, the self-deprecating genius of Cohen.


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