By Jeff Burger
In Leonard Cohen on Leonard Cohen--which contains a foreword via singer Suzanne Vega and 8 pages of hardly visible photos--the artist talks approximately "Bird at the Wire," "Hallelujah," and his different vintage songs. He candidly discusses his recognized romances, his years in a Zen monastery, his ill-fated collaboration with manufacturer Phil Spector, his lengthy conflict with melancholy, and masses more.
You'll locate interviews that first seemed within the New York Times and Rolling Stone, but in addition fabric that has no longer formerly been revealed in English. a few of it has no longer been to be had before in any layout, together with many illuminating recollections that members provided particularly for this definitive anthology.
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I’d like the stuff I do to have that kind of horizontal immediacy rather than something that is going to be around for a long time. I’m not interested in an insurance plan for my work. AC: What about the kind of diversity that you want to do? Do you want to write musical comedies like Town wants to do? LC: Oh, yes, sure. I’d like to write a musical comedy. AC: What would it be about? LC: I’d really have to fall on an idea. But I’d like to do that. Maybe Town would sing the lead. AC: Does he sing?
SD: There seems to be a certain pattern in your work, that of creation, moving between aspiration and disintegration. It seems to me that your myth of art has two women figures, that of the beloved, the aspiring figure, and that of the mad-woman, the destructive. The whole structure seems to be that of the Orpheus myth. LC: Absolutely. I’ve always honored both the wrathful deities and the blessed deities and I’m in this completely. There are no functions that I have in my daily life that give me any distance from what I do and I systematically cut all the things that might.
After another song the Army appeared. Two more guitars, bass, keyboards, and two female voices, Elton Fowler, Susan Musmann, and, that night, Michelle Hopper, made up the rest of the group. ” The association of Leonard Cohen with the Army was fortuitously arranged through the good offices of Bob Johnston. They provide just the right musical superstructure for his songs. Expertly but not overpoweringly they give his ideas a range and versatility his previous records have lacked. After the concert they would go back to Nashville with him to lay down the last track for the new album.