Leonard Cohen

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Folk Singer
Date of Birth September 21, 1934
Place of Birth Westmount, Canada
Date of Death Nov 7, 2016 (82)
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Leonard Cohen

Leonard Norman Cohen was a Canadian singer, songwriter, poet, and novelist. His work explored religion, politics, isolation, depression, sexuality, loss, death and romantic relationships. Cohen was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He was invested as a Companion of the Order of Canada, the nation's highest civilian honour. In 2011, Cohen received one of the Prince of Asturias Awards for literature and the ninth Glenn Gould Prize. Cohen pursued a career as a poet and novelist during the 1950s and early 1960s; he did not launch a music career until 1967, at the age of 33. His first album, Songs of Leonard Cohen, was followed by three more albums of folk music: Songs from a Room, Songs of Love and Hate and New Skin for the Old Ceremony. His 1977 record Death of a Ladies' Man, co-written and produced by Phil Spector, was a move away from Cohen's previous minimalist sound.

Birth name: Leonard Norman Cohen
Born: September 21, 1934, Westmount, Quebec, Canada
Died: November 07, 2016, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Genres: Folk, soft rock
Occupation(s): Singer, songwriter, poet, novelist, painter
Instruments: Vocals, guitar, keyboards
Years active: 1956–2016
Labels: Columbia
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About Leonard Cohen

Juno Award-winning songwriter of intimate ballads such as "Suzanne" and "Hallelujah." He released over a dozen albums in a career that spanned from the 1960s into the 2010s.

Before Fame

He became president of the McGill Debating Union while attending McGill University. He also won the Chester MacNaghten Literary Competition for his poetry.


He spent five years in seclusion at the Mt. Baldy Zen Center in Los Angeles beginning in 1994. He was ordained as a Rinzai Zen Buddhist monk in 1996, taking the Dharma name for silence, Jikan.

Family Life

He lived with Marianne C. Stang Jensen Ihlen for most of the 1960s, then began a relationship with Los Angeles artist Suzanne Elrod in the 1970s. He was also in relationships with French photographer Dominique Issermann, actress Rebecca De Mornay and Anjani Thomas. He had a son named Adam and a daughter named Lorca.


He was influenced by such literary luminaries as Henry Miller, Walt Whitman and William Butler Yeats.

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