So what’s so great about his stuff? I’m not a proper music writer, but for me, it’s a number of factors. First and foremost, Cohen is such an empathetic figure: wise-seeming, morally insightful, emotionally generous and a magnetic performer. (I managed to weasel tickets to two of his 2008 London concerts and was properly awestruck at the way the man conducted himself on stage.) He appeared to distill all the qualities I would have hoped to find in other heroes of mine.
Excerpt from My favourite album: Songs of Leonard Cohen by Leonard Cohen by Andrew Pulver (Guardian: Oct 6, 2011). This is a well written, personal, and perceptive essay about Pulver’s discovery, as a young adult in the 1990s, and consequent appreciation of Leonard Cohen’s first album as a consequence of Robert Altman’s McCabe and Mrs Miller. (Andrew Pulver is the Guardian’s Film Editor.) The complete article is available at the link.