I’m Your Man. La vie de Leonard Cohen: Conversation between Chantal Ringuet, Elisabeth Domergue and Sylvie Simmons – Montreal, Nov 6, 2017

Information from MAC website:

In connection with the exhibition Leonard Cohen: Une brèche en toute chose / A Crack in Everything, the MAC presents a conversation between Chantal Ringuet, Elisabeth Domergue and Sylvie Simmons, author of I’m Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen (Ecco, 2012; published in French by Édito, 2017). The conversation will take place on Monday, November 6 at 3 p.m., and will be followed by a book signing at 4:30 p.m. (books will be available in both languages).

Tickets are free and will be available at the MAC ticket counter starting Tuesday, October 31. Space is limited. Maximum four tickets per person.


Chantal Ringuet is a Canadian award-winning author, scholar and translator. She is the author of collections of poems (2009 Jacques-Poirier literary award) and of works on Yiddish Montreal. With Gérard Rabinovitch, she has published Les révolutions de Leonard Cohen (PUQ, 2016), which received a 2017 Canadian Jewish Literary Award. With Pierre Anctil, she has published a translation of the early biography of Marc Chagall (Mon univers. Autobiographie, Fides, 2017). She has been a Fellow of the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research in New York, Scholar-in-Residence at the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute (Brandeis University) and Writer-in-Residence and literary translator in residence at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.

Sylvie Simmons is an award-winning author and music journalist. Born in London, England, she left for Los Angeles forty years ago to become one of the rare women included in the predominantly male rock-writing elite: the BBC made a documentary about her titled The Rock Chick. Simmons has published fiction and non-fiction books, including a short story collection, Too Weird for Ziggy, and biographies of Neil Young and Serge Gainsbourg. Her most recent is I’m Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen, the best-selling biography that Janet Maslin at the New York Times described as “smart, fearless and mesmerizing,” and Brian D. Johnson at Macleans called “the most discerning, intimate and definitive biography ever written about Canada’s pre-eminent singer, songwriter, poet and monk.” Based in San Francisco, Sylvie Simmons writes about music for MOJO magazine. She is currently collaborating on a book with Debbie Harry of Blondie and working on a new record.

Quebec French Edition Of Sylvie Simmons’ Leonard Cohen Biography To Be Published

Sylvie Simmons writes

The (extremely) long-awaited French edition of my Leonard Cohen book comes out next week. This is the Quebec French edition.


This edition will be the first to include an Afterword that covers the period from the end of the original biography in 2012 to Leonard’s death in 2016.

More information about this edition can be found at I’m your man : la vie de Leonard Cohen

Looking For The Best Song Referencing Leonard Cohen: 1934 (A Song For Leonard Cohen) By Lail Arad

“How it feels to be a lady of a ladies’ man”

 is a Cohencentric series featuring a few of the many tunes alluding to Leonard Cohen. Today’s contender, 1934 (A Song For Leonard Cohen) by Lail Arad, offers not only a delightfully sung set of lyrics replete with intricate allusions to Leonard Cohen;s life and work but also the virtue of being inspired by ‘ biography.  Lail explains how the birthday tribute originated:

The story behind writing the L.C song is too full of coincidences to explain. It all began by staring at his handsome picture on the front cover of Sylvie Simmons’ biography. It started as a joke. I hope it makes him laugh.

Lail Arad – 1934 (A Song For Leonard Cohen)

Also see Recommended Reading: Lail Arad’s Montreal Migration

Video: Sylvie Simmons Reads From, Talks About Her Leonard Cohen Bio “I’m Your Man”

Sylvie Simmons appears on  the Oct 15, 2012 edition of the Manhattan Neighborhood Network “Revolting News,” reading the description of a young Leonard Cohen hypnotizing  the family maid from her biography of the Canadian singer-songwriter, talking about the individuals she interviewed for the book, and singing “Famous Blue Raincoat.”

Also included are

  • A show and tell with old photos of Leonard Cohen and his family (such as the shot of Leonard and his mother in the above screen capture)
  • A more complete listing of individuals from Leonard Cohen’s past Sylvie interviewed and the stories they told her
  • Anecdotes about Leonard Cohen featuring Bob Dylan  Rebecca De Mornay, and others
  • A discussion of Leonard Cohen’s habit of fasting
  • His mother’s advice to him
  • Cohen’s post-Mt Baldy experience with his Indian guru
  • Insight into Sylvie Simmons’ methodology into writing the biography (e.g., allowing interviewees to rescind any portions comments about which they were uncomfortable)

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Comments From Original Post

  • Matthew John Davies Awesome. My copy is residing on the shelf waiting for that chance to indulge.
  • Scott
    Thanks Leonard for this wonderful video.Biography is quite interesting . I really enjoy it while i am reading it.
    Granger Whitelaw

Note: Originally posted Oct 19, 2012 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric