“…We might think we know Leonard Cohen, the 80-year old Canadian singer with a gravedigger’s voice, the poet and novelist who left Montreal in the 1960s to end up one of the world’s greatest songwriters. But how much do we really know about this complex man? The grandson of a rabbi who is now an ordained Zen Buddhist monk. A musician whose work has explored sex and death, longing and despair. A doubter who once said religion was his favourite hobby.
One woman who probably knows Leonard Cohen better than Leonard himself does is Sylvie Simmons. A celebrated music journalist and writer since the 1970s, over the years Sylvie came to know Leonard pretty well. So well in fact that he agreed to her writing his biography which was published to great acclaim in 2012 titled I’m Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen…”
You’ll find the episode of Rhythm Divine here (approx. 25 minutes).