Tuesday, December 25, 2012

News at Eleven: The longest stealth campaign in music biz history

is one explanation. In pop culture's terms of reference, the 78 years covered by this latest and largest biography begin in a world of antiquity. Cohen's earliest published poems predate Ginsberg's Howl and Kerouac's On the Road, let alone Heartbreak Hotel.

In his own mind he was a romantic hero by the end of World War II. As a 13-year-old boy he would walk the lonely streets of Montreal in the wee hours with his impeccably tailored collar (his wealthy family's business) turned up against the sleet, "a history of injustice in his heart, a face too noble for revenge", as he wrote not too long after, "loved by two or three beautiful women who could never have him".

from The West Australian: A poet of love and Zen


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