Conspiracy of Beards Sing Leonard Cohen + Singer/Songwriter & Cohen Biographer Sylvie Simmons – The Mint L.A.

Conspiracy of Beards | A Choir of Men Sing Leonard Cohen Return to Los Angeles with Special Guest Singer/Songwriter & Cohen Biographer Sylvie Simmons April 17, 2016

Conspiracy of Beards, a San Francisco based choir of 30 men that sing exclusively the poetic songs of Leonard Cohen in 4- and 5-part a cappella harmony, will finally return to Los Angeles after a long 5 year hiatus. Now in their 13th season, the choir brings an energized live choral music experience out of churches and tabernacles and into the taverns, art houses, and theaters. Directed by Bay Area composer, Daryl Henline, this group of dapper men conspire to capture all of the emotion and humor of Leonard Cohen’s original music with their dynamic, original arrangements and expressive stage presence. They are stewards of Cohen’s words. Conspiracy of Beards will be joined for part of the tour by singer/songwriter, and Leonard Cohen biographer, Sylvie Simmons.

Sunday, April 17
Event: Conspiracy of Beards / Sylvie Simmons / Cadence / Juana Fernández

Location: The Mint – 6010 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035 (Btwn S Crescent Heights Blvd & Stearns Dr.) (323) 954-9400

Time/Bill: Doors 6:45pm
Conspiracy of Beards 10:00pm
Sylvie Simmons 9:30pm
Cadence 8:00pm
Juana Fernández 7:15pm

Description: Conspiracy of Beards last sang at The Mint in 2011. They return with a refined performance and Sylvie Simmons, renowned music journalist, Leonard Cohen biographer, and ukulele singer/songwriter opening the evening.

Tickets: $10 –

Contact:Clay Eugene Smith
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Sylvie Simmons’ Leonard Cohen Biography Audio Book Wins Audiofile Golden Earphones Award


DrHGuy’s proposed cover for audio book version of I’m Your Man by Sylvie Simmons

Note: This is old news that was originally posted Mar 22, 2014 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric, but the continued success of Sylvie Simmons’ biography of Leonard Cohen certainly merits its reposting here. And anyway, I like the cover art.

I’m Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen was released as an audio book by Ecco/Harper Collins (publishers of the print version of the book). I’ve adapted the cover art to something more fitting for the audio version (see above).

Prior to the recording, Sylvie Simmons, author of the popular Cohen biography, described the narrator selected for the project:

Josh Pollock, an actor and very fine musician of the rock / experimental variety, who is currently playing in the new stage production of Woyzeck in Berkeley. He’s done various ads in the past – this will be his first book. I’m sure he’ll do a great job, not just because of the tone of his voice, which has a sense of warmth and irony, but because of his knowledge of music and musicians, as well as literature, and a real interest in the subject.

The Sylvie Simmons web site heralds another award for I’m Your Man, The Life of Leonard Cohen, in honor of which I’ve modified my original graphic (see above) created to announce the audiobook’s publication:

The audiobook of I’m Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen – all 18 hours 33 minutes of it – is the proud winner of the Audiofile Golden Earphones Award!

The hardworking narrator was Josh Pollock, a friend of Sylvie’s, who is an actor and acclaimed musician from San Francisco.

And here’s a link to an an excerpt of Josh reading from the book.


Conspiracy of Beards, Sylvie Simmons LA Appearances Added To Leonard Cohen Events Calendar

cob-ssFrom the Cohencentric Leonard Cohen Events Calendar


Hear Sylvie Simmons Talk To Libby Znaimer About Leonard Cohen’s Singing Voice & His Women

The interview with Sylvie Simmons, author of I’m Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen, begins at 3:55 in the podcast and ends at 12:15.  It can be heard or downloaded at Zoomer Week In Review Podcast – December 2nd, 2012

Note: Originally posted December 15, 2012 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“A keen interest in the profane – in sex & drugs, if not exactly rock’n’roll – has made [Leonard Cohen], instead [of a rabbi], one of popular music’s most unflinching sages.”

This notorious ladies’ man, Leonard Cohen biographer Sylvie Simmons concludes more than once in her enthralling, meticulously researched account, would have made a very good rabbi. Never mind that Cohen – poet, singer, 78 – is also an ordained Buddhist; had attained the grade of Senior Dianetic, Grade IV Release in the Church of Scientology in 1969 before falling out with the organisation; and knows a hell of a lot about scripture. A grandson of a rabbi, Cohen was born into a priestly class in Montreal’s old, thriving Jewish community. But a keen interest in the profane – in sex and drugs, if not exactly rock’n’roll – has made him, instead, one of popular music’s most unflinching sages. Fans of long-standing will know Cohen as the singer-songwriter’s singer-songwriter, whose devastating verses have the tensile strength of haikus. Those of us in his thrall, Simmons included, have no trouble claiming that he leaves Dylan in the dust for skewering the human condition.

From I’m Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen by Sylvie Simmons – review by Kitty Empire. The Observer: Nov 24, 2012

Note: Originally posted March 10, 2013 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Sylvie Simmons Presentation – San Francisco

Note: While any Sylvie Simmons presentation inevitably turns to talk of Leonard Cohen, this event focuses on Bruce Springsteen.

The Contemporary Jewish Museum and Litquake join forces with an event to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Bruce Springsteen’s “Born to Run,” which launched him into the stratosphere and earned him the reputation as the poet laureate of rock. San Francisco celebrities including Sylvie Simmons, Ben Fong-Torres, Beth Lisick, Joel Selvin and more will tell stories, read lyrics, and in Sylvie’s case also perform a song from the album on her ukulele.   More info here: