Aaron Kemp Offers “10 life lessons I learned from Leonard Cohen”

cohenAaron Kemp lists 10 life lessons he learned from Leonard Cohen. While these are all valid precepts one can extract from the Canadian singer-songwriter’s career, most or all of the underlying facts will already be familiar to most fans. For example, I suspect most Cohencentric readers are aware that Leonard got a late start as a professional singer.

1. It’s Never Too Late To Start

Leonard Cohen got a relatively late start as a musician. Already a published novelist and poet, he entered a musical world dominated by twenty-something wunderkinds like Bob Dylan and the Beatles in 1967 when he was almost 34 years old. That’s right, he was nearly 10 YEARS older than many of the leading, established rock stars of the era who had already become legends by the time Leonard was just starting out.

And, there is some overlap between the lessons. For example,

  • 2. You Don’t Have To Be An Arrogant A**H*** To Be A Brilliant Rock Star And Artist and
  • 5. Humility Is The True Mark Of Greatness

All ten lessons can be found at Give me a Leonard Cohen afterworld: 10 life lessons I learned from Leonard Cohen by Aaron Kemp (Jewish Journal: Jan. 10, 2017)

Credit Due Department: Photo by By RamaOwn work, CC BY-SA 2.0 fr, Wikipedia

Leonard Cohen, l’homme qui « noircissait des pages » [Leonard Cohen, the man who “blackened pages”] By Michel Hajji-Georgiou

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Leonard Cohen, l’homme qui « noircissait des pages » [Leonard Cohen, the man who “blackened pages”] By Michel Hajji-Georgiou (L’Orient-Le Jour: Jan 2017 #127) is available online in French and survives Google Translate well enough to be readable in English.

Now Online – “Among the garbage and the flowers”: How Leonard Cohen’s pyjamas ended one of Canada’s greatest literary movements By Tristan Gatward

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Tristan Gatward

tristanTristan Gatward is 22 year-old graduate from the University of Exeter, who received a first class honours degree in English Literature for his work, including a thesis on the spatial practise of Leonard Cohen’s Montreal and the Isle of Wight Festival, 1970. He is currently the producer of Poltimore Festival in Devon, a non-profit initiative supporting the arts and culture scene throughout South West England, looking to bring a new life to one of Exeter’s most historic sites, Poltimore House.

“Among the garbage and the flowers”: How Leonard Cohen’s pyjamas ended one of Canada’s greatest literary movements

Tristan Gatward’s thesis is now online at

“Among the garbage and the flowers”: How Leonard Cohen’s pyjamas ended
one of Canada’s greatest literary movements By Tristan Gatward

Leonard Cohen On Cover Of & Featured In The Ultimate Music Guide From Uncut

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The Ultimate Music Guide to Leonard Cohen

Within its pages, you’ll find many interviews from the archives of NME, Melody Maker and Uncut, notable for their unusual levels of perception and wit, plus in-depth new reviews of every Leonard Cohen album, book and volume of poetry. What emerges is a complete portrait of a man who started and finished his career as too old for this sort of thing, by most measures, but whose maturity and poetic insight enabled him to loom, benignly, over nearly every single one of his peers. He is, indefinitely, your man.

From Introducing… Leonard Cohen: The Ultimate Music Guide by John Mulvey. The Ultimate Music Guide to Leonard Cohen goes on sale this Thursday but is available now from Uncut’s online shop.

numerisation_20170105Contributed by Dominique BOILE

New Book: Leonard Cohen: Just One More Hallelujah By Ian Carroll

onemoreLeonard Cohen: Just One More Hallelujah by Ian Carroll is now available at Amazon. The book also has a Facebook Page.

From the Amazon description:

In 2016 the music world lost more than its share of iconic figures – David Bowie, Glen Frey, Prince and then in the final months of the year we lost the ‘Master’. Leonard Cohen passed away on the 7th November 2016 and this book covers the feelings that he instilled in his fans all over the world, From Canada to Costa Rica, from Belgium to Bhutan, from the UK to the USA and many more countries in between, this is a book written from the fans perspective, written by fans and compiled and authored by a fan – Ian Carroll. Featuring stories and memories and even a selection of poems written on his passing, this is a true memorial to the man himself, great memories of a music legend with a back catalogue steeped in beautiful music and lyrics.

Paperback: 194 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Dare: January 7, 2017
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1542428807
ISBN-13: 978-1542428804

Credit Due Department: Thanks to Dominique BOILE, who alerted me to this book’s availability.