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Posts Tagged ‘Leonard Cohen’

NYT Quickly Resuscitates the ‘Late’ Leonard Cohen

First, it was the misspelling “Daft Puck.” Then came a heavy metal typo involving Megadeath.

But as Andrew Beaujon of the Poynter Institute reminds this morning, this kind of cacophony also sometimes comes in three’s. In the case of the New York Times, the final gaffe involving singer Leonard Cohen really upped the ante:

The well-known singer-songwriter, musician, poet and novelist is very much alive; it is not the case that he is “the late Leonard Cohen.”

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Three Hours, Six Encores: Leonard Cohen is the Nokia Theatre Man

And if the Nokia Theatre didn’t have a union-imposed 11:30 p.m. curfew, Cohen would probably have stretched Monday’s three-hours-plus (with 20-minute intermission) set even longer last night. Not bad for a 78-year-old.

Cohen’s Old Ideas tour is in support of his 12th studio album, released earlier this year. Via Facebook, Nokia concertgoer Maureen Heisner Boyd summed it up beautifully:

He sings “my hair is grey, I ache in the places I used to play” – no better definition of aging! And the way you feel, on your feet with the whole audience singing out “Hallelujah” – that’s religion. And when he sings “Democracy is Coming to the USA,” you can almost believe him. I hope so, Leonard, I hope so!

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Author of Leonard Cohen Bio Recovering from Exhaustive Research Process

The biography I’m Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen, arriving in stores tomorrow, led music journalist Sylvie Simmons far beyond the clicking of a Google search button. She retraced the various stages of the singer’s life by physically transporting herself to each and every major sign post.

That meant Montreal in the dead of winter, some time spent at New York’s Chelsea Hotel and a visit to a more unusual location outside LA. She tells San Francisco Chronicle music critic Aidin Vaziri that it was the only way to do justice to the life rhythms of her 77-year-old subject:

Simmons nearly reached a breaking point when she checked into a monastery at Mount Baldy, where Cohen spent five years studying Zen Buddhism in the mid ’90s. She barely made it through a week.

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Coachella Announces Line-Up…Finally

James_Paul_McCartney-small-.jpgPaul McCartney will head the festival – which would explain why he was talking to Stephen Colbert.

Also the The Killers, Morrissey, Amy Winehouse and Leonard Cohen are going to be at the show.

LAT’s Geoff Boucher has a whole thing on why an ex-Beatle headlining Coachella is weird.

We think they were all cool when they couldn’t pay their rent. Now? Sellouts.

Complete list of the line-up after the jump.

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