Leonard Cohen: Everybody Knows
by Harvey Kubernik
On the occasion of his 80th birthday and the release of his 22nd album, “Popular Problems,” a celebration of the life, music, and poetry of Leonard Cohen.
Leonard Cohen’s songs and poetry are defined by their emotional and intellectual intelligence. Lyrically potent, his records are full of romance, innuendo, and humor, and in performance his smoke-black vocal cords navigate the most sophisticated and arresting of melodies.
On the eve of his 80th birthday, Leonard Cohen: Everybody Knows (September 2014, Backbeat Books, $34.99) is a fitting tribute to Cohen’s genius. With an insider’s knowledge, author Harvey Kubernik reviews Cohen’s unique achievements, beginning as a young poet in Montreal through his 2012 album, Old Ideas, and his acclaimed worldwide concert tour.
Cohen arrived at the 1960s pop-music party fashionably late, releasing his debut album – Songs of Leonard Cohen – in 1967. At the age of 33, he was the adult in the room, a room brimming, then as now, with literary pretension and artistic self-importance. But Cohen, already established as a respected poet and novelist, was the real deal.
In the decades since, he has battled with drugs, love, and bankruptcy; become a Buddhist monk while simultaneously reaffirming his Jewish faith; and recorded 11 more albums of unfailingly affecting beauty.
Illustrated with 200 rare black-and-white and color photographs and items of memorabilia and featuring the recollections and comments of those who have worked with him and are close to him, Leonard Cohen: Everybody Knows is a celebration of the life, music, and poetry of a unique artist and music legend.
September 9, 2014
8.5″ x 10.8″
Color and B&W photographs throughout
Backbeat Books, an imprint of Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Harvey Kubernik is a writer, editor, and journalist whose work has appeared in Melody Maker, the Los Angeles Times, Crawdaddy!, Musician, Goldmine, Billboard, Variety, MIX and MOJO. He is the author of several books, including Turn Up The Radio! Rock, Pop and Roll in Los Angeles 1956-1972 (2014), It Was 50 Years Ago Today: The Beatles Invade America and Hollywood (2014), and Canyon of Dreams: The Magic and Music of Laurel Canyon (2009). A former A&R man for MCA Records, in the past 40 years he has appeared in and produced countless music documentaries. He lives in Southern California.