By Tim Footman
Chrome Dreams; $12.99
Did you ever have a song that just appealed to you, but you didn’t know exactly why?
Leonard Cohen’s song “Hallelujah” is one of those songs for me. Love the melody, love the harmonies, don’t quite understand the meaning of the lyrics – but that’s ok. I still like it!
However, I didn’t know much about Cohen, the man who wrote the song.
In his new book, “Leonard Cohen – Hallelujah: A New Biography,” author Tim Footman sets out to introduce the legendary man and how he has become one of the top iconoclastic figures in today’s music scene to a whole new legion of fans.
Footman chronicles the amazing highs and lows that have punctuated the fascinating life of Leonard Cohen. This incredibly in-depth biography explores the vast catalog of songs, poetry and other literary ventures by Cohen in great detail.
From his early years as a poet and author in Canada, his relocation to New York City and subsequent fringe involvement within the folk and rock scenes of the 60s and 70s to his years spent in seclusion in a Buddhist monastery, Footman leaves no stone unturned when it comes to Cohen’s life. There is frank discussion of Cohen’s personal life, his literary career and his music career, including quotes from interviews with many of Cohen’s colleagues and friends.
Cohen is experiencing a new resurgence of interest in his music today by a new generation of admirers. This unique and in-depth biography of the man, and his life will enable his fans to have a closer insight into the inner-workings of this musical idol’s creative life.
I've included here three versions of "Hallelujah," with my favorite being from Bon Jovi, and then the classic Jeff Buckley rendition, and finally the rendition from the movie "Shrek" as sung by Rufus Wainwright.