Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen, who died in 2016, was an iconic songwriter and novelist from Montreal.
Leonard Cohen was an iconic musician and writer. (THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Leonard Cohen is a legendary figure in the world of music and literature. The Montreal artist released 14 albums over the span of nearly 50 years, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2008 and received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010. His song Hallelujah has been covered relentlessly by his fellow musicians, from Jeff Buckley and k.d. lang to Justin Timberlake. His books include the novel Beautiful Losers and Selected Poems 1956-1968, for which he won and declined a Governor General's Literary Award. Cohen died on Nov. 7, 2016 at the age of 82. 

His final book, the poetry collection The Flame, was released in fall 2018.

Books by Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen on CBC

To mark Leonard Cohen's passing, we play an interview that Shelagh did with him in 2006, when five of his songs were inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame. 53:59

Leonard Cohen on the road to singing sensation

2 years ago
Leonard Cohen leaves his blissful domestic life on Hydra, Greece, with the intention of cutting a country and western album in Nashville. 9:27

Saying goodbye to Leonard Cohen

4 years ago
The official goodbye to Leonard Cohen was led by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, kicking off a night full of musicians from around the world paying tribute to the Canadian music legend. 3:27


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