Friday, November 11, 2016

Leonard Cohen, spiritual father to thousands of children – The World

the website The Leonard Cohen Files there are no less than 3 to 100 times the canadian singer died on the 10 November, with the mixing of styles, countries and generations.

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Rarely spiritual father had so many children. In the aftermath of the death of Leonard Cohen, not difficult to see that the poet and canadian singer has collected well beyond styles and generations. Maybe because the one who began his musical career in the adult of thirty years old, without waving the flag of any mode, is very quickly entered the sphere of a timeless classicism at the divisions.

Read obituary : Leonard Cohen, poet, novelist and canadian singer, is dead

Site Internet reference, The Leonard Cohen Files do are not less than 3100 times of his songs, interpreted in a multitude of countries, by artists from all walks of life. Among the titles most often adapted is the top Hallelujah, bit late (1984) and long gone unnoticed, before respawning in grace through the American Jeff Buckley (and more than 300 other performers, including Bob Dylan, John Cale, Justin Timberlake, Bono, Willie Nelson, Bon Jovi, Vanessa Paradis…), and of course Suzanne, the first public sign of the mutation of the writer at the troubadour in the second half of the 1960s.

84 tribute albums

Among the other classics appearing in countless directories, songs, debut, Bird on the Wire, So Long Marianne, Sisters of Mercy, Hey That’s No Way to Say Goodbye – sometimes become, like Suzanne, success, even before that, Cohen does the interpreter, but also titles of the 1970s (Famous Blue Raincoat, Lover Lover Lover…) or the 1980s (Dance Me to the End of Love…).

Read selection : Three songs from Leonard Cohen for eternity

The Leonard Cohen Files also lists 84 tribute albums, entirely made up of songs of the bard of pessimism. Some of these are not the work of a single performer, such as Graeme Allwright chante Leonard Cohen, which, in 1973, allowed the French public to better understand the repertoire of Quebec’s English-speaking, or Famous Blue Raincoat The Songs of Leonard Cohen by Jennifer Warnes, a former backing vocalist of the master, the success of which, in 1987, relaunched the career of the poet, then disaster in the United States.

album Cover collective homage

Bob Dylan to Kurt Cobain

If the sobriety instrumental of his first discs were first imposed as an icon of folk music community, she is French (Georges Moustaki, Yves Simon…) or Italian (Francesco de Gregori, Fabrizio de André…), the “tribute albums” to Cohen, compounds of a distribution to an eclectic, reflecting the variety of offspring as much attracted by the darkness snipped of his texts as by the quality of the melodies, sometimes under-evaluated. As recently highlighted one of its most loyal fans, Bob Dylan, in an article in the american magazine The New Yorker, ” qhen people speak of Leonard (Cohen), they often forget to mention his melodies which, to me, are, as much as his words, evidence of genius “.

Number of the stars of the popular song has also been included, as the show times signed Joe Cocker, Sting, Elton John, Billy Joel, Neil Diamond, Nana Mouskouri, Suzanne Vega or Françoise Hardy. Attracted by the despair which is both intimate and detached from the Canadian, by his ability to speak without shame of the pain, sorrow and fear, all a part of the rock says “independent” has also made Cohen his idol. The first manifestation of this admiration was doubtless the compilation I’m Your Fan, published in 1991 by the magazine Les Inrockuptibles, where the fine flower of the pop avant-garde of the time – R. E. M., Pixies, The House of Love, Ian McCulloch, but also the Frenchman Jean-Louis Murat, had regained its pieces.

Among the zealots, the most active of the register’s dark, Americans of Bonnie “Prince” Billy (aka Palace Brothers) or Lambchop (picking up on a stage Chelsea Hotel #2) and the Australian Nick Cave who, in his baritone voice, opened her first solo album, From Her to Eternity (1984), with a gothic version of Avalanche. The references to Cohen were also able to nest in record covers – the band Ween pastichant that of The Best of Leonard Cohen –, of the names of groups (The Sisters of Mercy) texts, or texts citing by name the Gentleman.

Read lighting : For Leonard Cohen, the four aces as the farewell song

Kurt Cobain : “Give me a Leonard Cohen afterworld “

It is mentioned in the verse of Pennyroyal Tea, Nirvana (released a few days before the suicide of Kurt Cobain) : “Give me a Leonard Cohen afterworld / So I can sigh eternally ” (Give me a, in addition to the Leonard Cohen / I can sob forever). But also in the song Want Rufus Wainwright or in the title Smokers Reflect of the Belgian dEUS. In his song From a Room, the French Vincent Delerm, it had built a scenario around the picture of Marianne Ihlen in a simple bath towel, illustrating the back of the album Songs from a Room.

in the past two years, the interpretations sung by Lana Del Rey, Owen Pallett, Anna Calvi, She & Him, Angel Olsen, Aaron, Liz Green, Anonymous Choir, Garlic Arad or, more recently, the duo formed by Matthew E White and Flo Morrissey (for a sumptuous Suzanne), have never ceased to supply the catalogue of times. A circle of disciples who has not finished expanding.

Read more : Leonard Cohen in Hydra, the aède and his muse

Read it too, in our archives, an interview in 2001 : When Leonard Cohen read “the devil” who “laughs,” and God who “looks”


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