Leonard Cohen: Passes Softly

This has been a long week. Making it longer still is the recent news that the legendary gentleman of many beautiful songs and even more poetic words, Leonard Cohen, had passed away last night. I had the privilege of seeing him live at the Chicago Theater back in May 2009. It was his first Chicago performance in 15 years. I immediately took to blogging the intoxicating experience here.

Cohen has left his sophisticated touch on music throughout his career. However, it is his poetry that has left an impression on me. Here is a sampling of “life and times” titles Booklist has reviewed:

A Broken Hallelujahbroken-hallelujah-liel-leibovitz, by Liel Leibovitz

Leonard Cohen: Everybody Knows, by Harvey Kebernik

Leonard Cohen, by David Sheppard

Leonard Cohen on Leonard Cohen, by Jeff Burger

The Holy or the Broken, by Alan Light

Various Positions: A Life of Leonard Cohen, by Ira B. Nadel

Better yet, grab a collection of the man’s poetry:

Stranger Music: Selected Poems and Songs, by Leonard Cohen

A tragic loss yes, but “we have the music.”

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Michael Ruzicka, Office Manager, was raised in suburban Los Angeles, received a BA in Creative Writing/Poetry at UC Santa Cruz, then moved to Birmingham, AL, where he spent five years owning an independent bookstore and earned an MLIS. He has brought his librarian skills to Vanderbilt’s Television News Archive, Battle Ground Academy, The Museum of Contemporary Art-Chicago, and the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Michael is very excited to be a part of Booklist and call Chicago his home.

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