Stranger Music: Selected Poems And Songs

Paperback | August 13, 1994

byLEONARD COHEN

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Stranger Music: Selected Poems and Songs celebrates the astonishing career of Leonard Cohen, revered around the world as one of the great visionaries, writers, performers, and most consistently daring songwriters.

Cohen’s career began in 1956 with the publication of Let Us Compare Mythologies, and he has since published eight books of poems – including The Spice-Box of Earth, Death of a Lady’s Man, and Book of Mercy – and has made numerous albums, becoming one of the most popular and influential artists in Canada, the United States, and Europe.

His first record, The Songs of Leonard Cohen, released in 1967, was a remarkable musical début and introduced some of his most famous songs, including “Suzanne,” “Hey, That’s No Way to Say Goodbye,” and “Sisters of Mercy.” From then, and with each subsequent album, he earned the status as one of the most dazzlingly literate songwriters of our time.

Stranger Music brings together for the first time a comprehensive selection of Leonard Cohen’s song lyrics and his poetry, including some poems not previously published. This landmark edition demonstrates the range and depth of Cohen’s work, revealing an extraordinary gift of language that speaks with rare clarity, passion, and timelessness.


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Stranger Music: Selected Poems and Songs celebrates the astonishing career of Leonard Cohen, internationally revered as one of the great writers, performers and daring songwriters of our time. For the first time, Stranger Music brings together a comprehensive selection of Cohen’s song lyrics and poetry, including some not previously pu...

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Stranger Music: Selected Poems and Songs celebrates the astonishing career of Leonard Cohen, revered around the world as one of the great visionaries, writers, performers, and most consistently daring songwriters.Cohen’s career began in 1956 with the publication of Let Us Compare Mythologies, and he has since published eight books of p...

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“Stranger Music brings together, at last, the words of a Canadian artist who has been anything but a stranger to so many of us for so long.…Cohen has woven a chain of words that binds us together.”–Calgary Herald“Stranger Music is a massive record of the poet’s imaginative journey through beauty, through horror, through the extremes of...

Leonard Cohen was born in Montreal in 1934. He received his B.A. from McGill University and pursued graduate studies in English at Columbia University. Soon thereafter, he returned to Montreal and worked in his family’s clothing business while he continued to write poetry. His artistic career began in 1956 with the publication of Let U...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 8.98 × 5.99 × 1.13 inPublished:August 13, 1994Publisher:McClelland & Stewart

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ISBN - 10:0771022328

ISBN - 13:9780771022326

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must Get! For all Leonard fans, this is a must have, all the works are fantastic.
Date published: 2001-03-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stranger Music This book is a collection of Cohen's work, ranging from his earliest to most recent lyrics. Collected in this form, the song lyrics transform themselves into poetry, and the new presentation highlights their beauty as writing. Cohen fans should own this collection, as it provides a complete chronicle of a life well-lived. There is an air of finality about the work, but we know he is not done yet.
Date published: 1999-06-23

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Stranger Music: Selected Poems and Songs celebrates the astonishing career of Leonard Cohen, internationally revered as one of the great writers, performers and daring songwriters of our time. For the first time, Stranger Music brings together a comprehensive selection of Cohen’s song lyrics and poetry, including some not previously published. This landmark edition demonstrates the range and depth of his work, revealing an extraordinary gift of language that speaks with clarity, passion and timelessness.

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“Stranger Music brings together, at last, the words of a Canadian artist who has been anything but a stranger to so many of us for so long.…Cohen has woven a chain of words that binds us together.”–Calgary Herald“Stranger Music is a massive record of the poet’s imaginative journey through beauty, through horror, through the extremes of love and despair.…Cohen is always a poet of extremes: that’s where he lives, at the edges of them.”–Toronto Star“Stranger Music is a record of Cohen’s dispatches from the front, an invaluable record of a shining voice. It burns still.”–Ottawa CitizenFrom the Hardcover edition.