Leonard Norman Cohen is a Canadian novelist, poet, musician, and singer-songwriter. His work usually explores sexuality, religion, isolation, and relationships between people. Cohen has been introduced into both the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and the American Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He is also a friend of the Order of Canada, the country's highest resident honor.
He was born on 21 September 1934 into a middle-class Jewish family in Westmount, the English-speaking region of Montreal, Quebec. In 1951, he registered at McGill University, where he turned out to be president of the Union of McGill Debating and prized the Chester MacNaughton award for innovative writing for a series of 4 poems that are entitled "Thoughts of a Landsman." Subsequent to completing an undergraduate B.A. degree in 1955, he spent one term in the law school of McGill's and after that one year (1956-7) at General Studies School of University of Columbia.
He continued to write fiction and poetry throughout the 1960s and chosen to reside in quasi-reclusive conditions after he purchased a home on Hydra, which is an island of Greek in the Gulf of Saronic. While dwelling and writing on Hydra, he published the collection of poetry entitled Flowers for Hitler (1964), and the novels entitled Beautiful Losers (1966) and The Favourite Game (1963). His narrative The Favourite Game was an autobiographical bildungsroman regarding a young man who realizes his identity using writing.Consequently, Cohen published less, with main gaps, focusing more on recording songs. In the year of 1978, he published his primary poetry book in several years, Death of a Lady's Man. In the year of 1993, Cohen published Selected Poems and Songs: Stranger Music and in 2006, subsequent to ten years of delays, rewritings and additions, Book of Longing.
Cohen's primary album was entitled Songs of Leonard Cohen (1967). Many of the songs on that primary album were covered by other admired folk artists, together with Judy Collins, and James Taylor. Cohen followed up his primary album with Songs of Love and Hate and Songs from a Room. Starting around 1974, Cohen's partnership with arranger and pianist John Lissauer produced a live sound admired by the critics.His innovative 1977 record, Death of a Ladies' Man was a move toward very different from Cohen's habitually modest instrumentation. The album's recording was fraught with intricacy - Spector supposedly mixed the album in sessions of secret studio. In 1979, Cohen came back with the more customary Recent Songs that mixed together his acoustic style with jazz and influences of Mediterranean and Oriental.
In the year of 1985, Cohen also worked on an uncompleted album of his poetry performances with producer Henry Lewy, ahead of coming back to John Lissauer. In 1986, he appeared in the TV series Miami Vice episode of "French Twist". In 1987, a tribute album of Jennifer Warnes, which is entitled Famous Blue Raincoat assisted restore Cohen's career in the United States. The subsequent year he made available I'm Your Man that marked a radical change in his music. His recording career has continued in the 1990s and 2000s with the most fascinating works.