Top 10 Books about Leonard Cohen

 

Leonard Norman Cohen (1934- 2016) was a Canadian poet, singer, songwriter, musician, and novelist. His work ranged from religion, politics, isolation, sexuality, to personal relationships. He has courageously battled with drugs, love, and bankruptcy and became a Buddhist monk while simultaneously reaffirming his Jewish faith.

Apart from the famous works done by him, there have been plenty done about him too. Various authors have written books about Leonard Cohen that became largely popular.

 

The Wordless Leonard Cohen Songbook

In this book, the author provides a new perspective on Leonard Cohen, whose words have captivated generations. This book consists of 80 black and white wood engravings crafted in honor of Cohen’s 80th birthday.

Read it For:
Presenting images of Cohen’s iconic public persona along with vivid interpretations of his work; this book is best to read to music.
Don't Read it For:
Since it is the best read to music, so anyone not interested in music, would not prefer this book.
What makes this book stand out?:
This book has a graphic retrospective of Leonard Cohen.

I’m Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen

The book, a biography is a definitive account of the extraordinary life of Leonard Cohen. The author explores every complex and contradictory strand of Cohen's life.

Read it For:
It provides a deep insight of Cohen’s vision, spirit, depth, and talent.
Don't Read it For:
The book, though is a biography, doesn’t provide the truth behind Cohen’s life but only the happenings and at the end of the book, you don’t feel like you have understood him a little better.
What makes this book stand out?:
This book has all the facts and insights of Cohen’s life.

Leonard Cohen: An Illustrated Record Compiled

This book was coincided with Cohen’s 80th birthday as a tribute to him and is a complete guide to his studio and live albums from his studio debut in 1967 to his most recent record in 2012.

Read it For:
It offers a comprehensive overview of writing and recording to release and legacy of Cohen’s life.
Don't Read it For:
it is a guide to his recorded work and not a biography.
What makes this book stand out?:
The first complete guide of his recorded work is a richly illustrated tribute to Cohen’s recorded work.

Cohen – Eine Hommage

This book is a small biography of Leonard Cohen, with photos, lyrical examples, and an overview of his artistry works.

Read it For:
Not like other biographies that are lengthy, this book is a small one, an easy read.
Don't Read it For:
If you want a detailed biography of Cohen, this certainly is not your book.
What makes this book stand out?:
The lyrical examples and photos make the book unique and an interesting one.
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The Time of my life

A memoir of a leading Politician, The time of my life, is also an autobiography of Denis Healey.

Read it For:
This book highlights and brings forward his love for art, literature, music, and photography.
Don't Read it For:
The book was published almost 28 years ago, so it’s a bit dated.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book doesn’t represent Healey as a robust politician but also talks about his interests other than politics.

Leonard Cohen – Everybody Knows

This book honors Leonard Cohen's 80th birthday. His life and work are traced in detail in the book

Read it For:
This book provides an insight into what kind of man Leonard was, and at the end of it, you know him better.
Don't Read it For:
This book feels like a video documentary in your hands, so if you want to read a full biography, it is certainly not the one.
What makes this book stand out?:
Full of facts and photos, it traces his rise to stardom through 200 photographs and interviews of those who have worked with him and as well as have been inspired by him.

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