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Stranger Music

Stranger Music is a poetry collection by Leonard Cohen.

Leonard Cohen

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 EarthDeath 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 SuzanneHey, 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.

More about Leonard Cohen

Saying goodbye to Leonard Cohen

The National

3 years agoVideo
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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

Saying goodbye to Leonard Cohen

The National

3 years agoVideo
3:27
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
Eleanor speaks to Sylvie Simmons, author of the bestselling biography "I'm Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen," about the man behind the music, poetry and fiction — his early influences, struggles with depression, spiritual explorations, and more. 58:58

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