Famous singer and songwriter Leonard Cohen dead at 82
Career of 50 years ended with the death of the influential songwriter and singer Leonard Cohen.
Sony Music Canada confirmed Leonard’s death on his Facebook page. It is a big loss for the music culture as one of the most appreciated and a creative music visionary is no longer among us. His son Adam wrote that his father passed away peacefully in his home in Los Angeles, knowing that he finished one of his greatest records.
Cohen is considered as one of the most influential singer/songwriter in the 60s and early 70s.
Songs about love and hate, sex and spirituality, war and peace, ecstasy and depression are behind Cohen’s name with incredible deep voice and familiar guitar chords.
Cohen was born in 1934 on September 21st in Westmont Quebec.
During his teenage years he learned to play guitar and formed a folk group named Buckskin Boys. Federico Garcia Lorca guided him towards poetry, and a flamenco guitar teacher made him replace the steel strings with nylon.
He moved to Hydra, a Greek island, where he bought himself a $1.500 house. He published three poetry collections while he was on Hydra. The poor book sales made him move to New York in 1966. There he met Judy Collins, Andy Warhol and the German singer Nico. His name quickly spread around and became recognizable among a lot of artists.
In the 70s he started with the many to follow intense tours. Cohen’s tours inspired a lot of sound producers and artists.
“Hallelujah” from the album Various Positions is the best-known Cohen’s song.
In 1995 Cohen put his career on hold as he became an ordained Buddhist monk and the Dharma name Jikan, which means silence.
In 2005 his daughter found out that Leonard’s manager had pumped out $5 million from his retirement account. So to replenish the fund, Cohen went on an epic world tour from 2008 to 2013 and performed on 387 shows.
Since then he wasn’t often seen publicly. He had severe back issues and it was difficult for him to leave his house.
Unfortunately Cohen passed away despite his last moth statement that he intends to live forever.
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