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Title Leonard Cohen and Philosophy
Author Jason Holt
Publisher Open Court
Release 2014-09-22
Category Philosophy
Total Pages 288
ISBN 0812698827
Language English, Spanish, and French
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From the early years, when he morphed from celebrated poet to provocative singer-songwriter, to his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Leonard Cohen has endured as one of the most enigmatic and profound figures—with a uniquely compelling voice and unparalleled depth of artistic vision—in all of popular music. The aesthetic quality and intellectual merit of Cohen’s work are above dispute; here, for the first time, a team of philosophers takes an in-depth look at its real significance. Want to know what Cohen and Kierkegaard have in common? Or whether Cohen rivals the great philosophical pessimist Schopenhauer? Then this book is for you. It provides the first thorough analysis of Cohen from various (philosophical) positions. It is intended not only for Cohen fans but also undergraduates in philosophy and other areas. It explores important neglected aspects of Cohen’s work without attempting to reduce them to academic tropes, yet nonetheless will also be useful to academics—or anyone—beguiled by the enigma that is Leonard Cohen.

The Past is Perfect by Natalia Vesselova

Title The Past is Perfect
Author Natalia Vesselova
Publisher
Release 2014
Category
Total Pages
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Language English, Spanish, and French
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Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen by David Boucher

Title Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen
Author David Boucher
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Release 2021-04-08
Category Music
Total Pages 272
ISBN 1501345672
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Both Dylan and Cohen have been a presence on the music and poetry landscape spanning six decades. This book begins with a discussion of their contemporary importance, and how they have sustained their enduring appeal as performers and recording artists. The focus then returns to their ambitions when they first started out, arguing that they both shared the aspirations of the Beat Generation of Ginsberg, Kerouac and Corso to be as famous as Dylan Thomas and live the life of his sense of unconditional social irresponsibility. The 'Rimbaud of Cwmdonkin Drive' took America by storm, demonstrating that the bohemian poet could earn a living outside the academy. The fame of Dylan and Cohen, while it fluctuated over the decades, was sustained and was sustainable because they self-consciously adopted different personas, or masks, to distance themselves from the public self. This necessarily requires an exploration of their relation to religion as avenues to find and preserve their inner identities. Their lyrics and poetry are explored in the context of the relation between poetry and song, and of Lorca's concepts of the poetry of inspiration, and the deep dark emotional depths of 'duende.' Such ideas draw upon the dislocation of the mind, and the liberation of the senses that so struck Dylan and Cohen when they first read the poetry and letters of Arthur Rimbaud and Federico García Lorca. We see that the performance and the poetry are integral, and the 'duende,' or passion, of the delivery, is inseparable from the lyric or poetry, and common to Dylan, Cohen and the Beat Generation.

The Hallelujah Effect by Babette Babich

Title The Hallelujah Effect
Author Babette Babich
Publisher Routledge
Release 2016-03-16
Category Music
Total Pages 324
ISBN 1317029569
Language English, Spanish, and French
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This book studies the working efficacy of Leonard Cohen's song Hallelujah in the context of today's network culture. Especially as recorded on YouTube, k.d. lang's interpretation(s) of Cohen's Hallelujah, embody acoustically and visually/viscerally, what Nietzsche named the 'spirit of music'. Today, the working of music is magnified and transformed by recording dynamics and mediated via Facebook exchanges, blog postings and video sites. Given the sexual/religious core of Cohen's Hallelujah, this study poses a phenomenological reading of the objectification of both men and women, raising the question of desire, including gender issues and both homosexual and heterosexual desire. A review of critical thinking about musical performance as 'currency' and consumed commodity takes up Adorno's reading of Benjamin's analysis of the work of art in the age of mechanical reproduction as applied to music/radio/sound and the persistent role of 'recording consciousness'. Ultimately, the question of what Nietzsche called the becoming-human-of-dissonance is explored in terms of both ancient tragedy and Beethoven's striking deployment of dissonance as Nietzsche analyses both as playing with suffering, discontent, and pain itself, a playing for the sake not of language or sense but musically, as joy.

Title Spirituality and Desire in Leonard Cohen s Songs and Poems
Author Peter Billingham
Publisher Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Release 2017-01-06
Category
Total Pages 169
ISBN 1443869236
Language English, Spanish, and French
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This volume represents the first ever collection of essays on Leonard Cohen to be published in the UK and one of the very first to be produced internationally. The essays range from unique insights offered by Cohen’s award-winning, authorised biographer Sylvie Simmons through to discussions of major themes in Cohen’s output, such as spirituality and desire, and include creative reflections from a filmmaker and poets upon their own creative response to his practice. Emerging from a one day symposium organised by Professor Peter Billingham at the University of Winchester, UK, to celebrate Cohen’s 80th birthday, this Festschrift collection represents a uniquely stimulating, insightful and provocative discussion of the songs and poems of Leonard Cohen, combining academic rigour with serious engagement with this remarkable poet and singer-songwriter. In the wake of the tragic news of Cohen’s passing in late 2016, with a legacy of iconic favourites such as “Suzanne” and “Bird on the Wire” through to more recent worldwide successes such as “Hallelujah” and “Anthem”, this book is a must-read for cultural studies scholars and Cohen aficionados alike.

Matters of Vital Interest by Eric Lerner

Title Matters of Vital Interest
Author Eric Lerner
Publisher Hachette UK
Release 2018-10-16
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 304
ISBN 0306902710
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A memoir of the author's decades-long friendship and spiritual journey with the late singer, songwriter, novelist, and poet Leonard Cohen Leonard Cohen passed away in late 2016, leaving behind many who cared for and admired him, but perhaps few knew him better than longtime friend Eric Lerner. Lerner, a screenwriter and novelist, first met Cohen at a Zen retreat forty years earlier. Their friendship helped guide each other through life's myriad obstacles, a journey told from a new perspective for the first time. Funny, revealing, self-aware, and deeply moving, Matters of Vital Interest is an insightful memoir about Lerner's relationship with his friend, whose idiosyncratic style and dignified life was deeply informed by his spiritual practices. Lerner invites readers to step into the room with them and listen in on a lifetime's ongoing dialogue, considerations of matters of vital interest, spiritual, mundane, and profane. In telling their story, Lerner depicts Leonard Cohen as a captivating persona, the likes of which we may never see again.

A Broken Hallelujah by Liel Leibovitz

Title A Broken Hallelujah
Author Liel Leibovitz
Publisher
Release 2015-08
Category
Total Pages 220
ISBN 9781910124673
Language English, Spanish, and French
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In this philosophical biography, Liel Leibovitz looks at what it is that makes Leonard Cohen an enduring international figure in the cultural imagination.

Beautiful Losers by Leonard Cohen

Title Beautiful Losers
Author Leonard Cohen
Publisher Vintage
Release 1993
Category Fiction
Total Pages 243
ISBN 9780679748250
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The life of an Indian maiden, the course of a homosexual affair, and the tale of an old man are woven together in this bizarre religious epic

Quotes of Leonard Cohen by Sreechinth C

Title Quotes of Leonard Cohen
Author Sreechinth C
Publisher UB Tech
Release
Category Business & Economics
Total Pages 95
ISBN
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

The Canadian music legend, Leonard Cohen is the most memorized for dramatic lyrics, emblematic songs and deep voice. He is much famous for the composition, "Hallelujah" from the album ‘Various Positions’. Starting a career as a poet and novelist, he is also revered for his literary works too. This book includes a collection of words from this versatile individual on various themes like relationship, politics and religion. Spare your time and go through the best collection of Cohen’s quotes

Title From This Broken Hill I Sing to You
Author Marcia Pally
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing
Release 2021-09-09
Category Religion
Total Pages 200
ISBN 0567694798
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Leonard Cohen's troubled relationship with God is here mapped onto his troubled relationships with sex and politics. Analysing Covenantal Theology and its place in Cohen's work, this book is the first to trace a consistent theology across sixty years of Cohen's writing, drawing on his Jewish heritage and its expression in his lyrics and poems. Cohen's commitment to covenant, and his anger at this God who made us so prone to failing it, undergird the faith, frustration, and sardonic taunting of Cohen's work. Both his faith and ire are traced through: · Cohen's unorthodox use of Jewish and Christian imagery · His writings about women, politics, and the Holocaust · His final theology, You Want It Darker, released three weeks before his death.

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