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, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Sylvie Simmons on Leonard Cohen at SHED: Healdsburg, CA March 2, 2017


Healdsburg Literary Guild, SHED, Levin & Co, Booksellers and Medlock Ames present Sylvie Simmons

From Healdsburg Literary Guild official press release

British author/rock journalist/recording artist, Sylvie Simmons will tell tales from the dark yet brilliant path of Leonard Cohen at SHED, 25 North Street, Healdsburg, March 2, 2017, 7-8:30. She will read from NY Times Bestselling biography, I’m Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen, and sing some Leonard Cohen songs, accompanying herself as she has on tours all around the world on her ukulele.

Enjoy Sylvie, and get tastes of Medlock Ames wines, have some of the special bites prepared by SHED chef Perry Hoffman. You have a chance to buy Sylvie’s books thanks to Levin & Co Booksellers. All this for $15.  More information and tickets can be accessed at Luminarias Features Rock Journalist Sylvie Simmons

Sylvie’s seven-year odyssey researching and writing the Cohen biography resulted in a magnificent book that garnered serious critical acclaim, international fame and “Best Biography of the Year” award from NPR’s All Things Considered. Long a journalist, Sylvie is also a singer songwriter as well as the author of biographies of Serge Gainsbourg and Neil Young as well as fiction and poetry.

Now In Turkish: I’m Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen by Sylvie Simmons

turkInformation (in Turkish) about the Turkish edition of I’m Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen by Sylvie Simmons can be found at Leonard Cohen’in Hayatı

Editions in Czech and Korean should also be released soon.

“Your relaxed mind is careful, but it does not hit the demon from its own discomfort”

Just for grins, Sylvie processed her own prologue, rendered in Turkish. back into English via Google Translate. Our favorite lines of the result follow:

He is a polite man, he has the attitude of the old and graceful … Leaning greetings while getting acquainted, getting up on your feet. Your relaxed mind is careful, but it does not hit the demon from its own discomfort.