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18 Facts About Leonard Cohen

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Leonard Norman Cohen, CC GOQ was a Canadian singer, songwriter, poet and novelist.

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His work explored religion, politics, isolation, sexuality, and personal relationships.

Leonard Cohen - So Long, Marianne by LeonardCohenVEVO

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Cohen was inducted into both the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame as well as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame is a Canadian non-profit organization, founded in 1998 by Frank Davies, that inducts Canadians into their Hall of Fame within three different categories: songwriters, songs, and those others who have made a significant contribution with respect to music.

The Songwriters Hall of Fame was founded in 1969 by songwriter Johnny Mercer and music publishers Abe Olman and Howie Richmond to honor those whose work represents a spectrum of the most beloved songs from the world's popular music songbook.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is a hall of fame and museum located on the shore of Lake Erie in downtown Cleveland, Ohio, United States.

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He was a Companion of the Order of Canada, the nation's highest civilian honour.

The Order of Canada is a Canadian national order, admission into which is the second highest honour for merit in the system of orders, decorations, and medals of Canada.

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In 2011, Cohen received one of the Prince of Asturias Awards for literature and the ninth Glenn Gould Prize.

The Princess of Asturias Awards, previously known as Prince of Asturias Awards from 1981–2014 are a series of annual prizes awarded in Spain by the Princess of Asturias Foundation to individuals, entities or organizations from around the world who make notable achievements in the sciences, humanities, and public affairs.

The Glenn Gould Prize is an international award bestowed by the Glenn Gould Foundation in memory of noted Canadian pianist Glenn Gould.

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The critic Bruce Eder assessed Cohen's overall career in popular music by asserting that "[he is] one of the most fascinating and enigmatic … singer/songwriters of the late '60s … [and] has retained an audience across four decades of music-making....

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Second only to Bob Dylan [in terms of influence], he commands the attention of critics and younger musicians more firmly than any other musical figure from the 1960s who is still working at the outset of the 21st century.

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The Academy of American Poets has commented more broadly on Cohen's overall career in the arts, including his work as a poet, novelist, and songwriter, stating that "Cohen's successful blending of poetry, fiction, and music is made most clear in Stranger Music: Selected Poems and Songs, published in 1993, which gathered more than 200 of Cohen's poems … several novel excerpts, and almost 60 song lyrics...

The Academy of American Poets is a national, member-supported organization that promotes poets and the art of poetry.

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while it may seem to some that Leonard Cohen departed from the literary in pursuit of the musical, his fans continue to embrace him as a Renaissance man who straddles the elusive artistic borderlines."

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Cohen's first album was Songs of Leonard Cohen followed by Songs from a Room and Songs of Love and Hate.

Songs of Leonard Cohen is the debut album by Canadian musician Leonard Cohen, released in December 1967 by record label Columbia.

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His 1977 record Death of a Ladies' Man was co-written and produced by Phil Spector, which was a move away from Cohen's previous minimalist sound.

Phillip Harvey "Phil" Spector is an American record producer, musician, and songwriter who developed the Wall of Sound, a music production formula he described as a "Wagnerian" approach to rock and roll.

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In 1979 Cohen returned with the more traditional Recent Songs, which blended his acoustic style with jazz and Oriental and Mediterranean influences. "

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Hallelujah" was first released on Cohen's studio album Various Positions in 1984.

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I'm Your Man in 1988 marked Cohen's turn to synthesized productions and remains his most popular album.

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In 1992 Cohen released its follow-up, The Future, which had dark lyrics and references to political and social unrest.

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Cohen returned to music in 2001 with the release of Ten New Songs, which was a major hit in Canada and Europe.

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His eleventh album, Dear Heather, followed in 2004.

Dear Heather is the 11th studio album by Canadian singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen, released by Columbia Records in 2004.

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After a successful string of tours between 2008 and 2010, Cohen released three albums in the final four years of his life: Old Ideas, Popular Problems and You Want It Darker, the last of which was released three weeks before his death.

Popular Problems is the thirteenth studio album by Canadian singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen, released on September 19, 2014 in Friday-release countries and on September 22, 2014 elsewhere.

You Want It Darker is the fourteenth and final studio album by Canadian singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen, released on 21 October 2016, by Columbia Records.

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