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Leonard Cohen, Untold Stories

A book by Michael Posner.

Michael Posner

Poet, novelist, singer-songwriter, artist, prophet, icon — there has never been a figure like Leonard Cohen. He was a true giant in contemporary western culture, entertaining and inspiring people everywhere with his work. From his groundbreaking and bestselling novels, The Favourite Game and Beautiful Losers, to timeless songs such as SuzanneDance Me to the End of Love and Hallelujah, Cohen is a cherished artist. His death in 2016 was felt around the world by the many fans and followers who would miss his warmth, humour, intellect and piercing insights.

Leonard Cohen, Untold Stories chronicles the full breadth of his extraordinary life. The first of three volumes — The Early Years — follows him from his boyhood in Montreal to university, and his burgeoning literary career to the world of music, culminating with his first international tour in 1970.

Through the voices of those who knew him best — family and friends, colleagues and contemporaries, rivals, business partners, and his many lovers — the book probes deeply into both Cohen's public and private life. It also paints a portrait of an era, the social, cultural, and political revolutions that shook the 1960s.

In this revealing and entertaining first volume, bestselling author and biographer Michael Posner draws on hundreds of interviews to reach beyond the Cohen of myth and reveal the unique, complex, and compelling figure of the real man. (From Simon & Schuster)

Michael Posner is a playwright, journalist and author. His work has appeared in the Globe and Mail and Toronto Life. His other books include All of Me, a biography about singer Anne Murray, and The Last Honest Man, a biography about writer Mordecai Richler.

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