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I'm Your Man : The Life of Leonard Cohen - Sylvie Simmons

I'm Your Man

The Life of Leonard Cohen


Published: 1st May 2013
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Published to coincide with Leonard Cohen's exclusive show at London's The O2 on Friday 21 June 2013. This book contains exclusive material and interviews making it THE biography to buy on Leonard Cohen - singer-songwriter, musician, poet, and novelist.

The genius behind such classic songs as Suzanne, Bird on the Wire and Hallelujah, Leonard Cohen has been one of the most important and influential songwriters of our time, a man of spirituality, emotion, and intelligence whose work has explored the definitive issues of human life - sex, religion, power, meaning, love.

I'm Your Man explores the facets of Cohen's life. Sylvie Simmons draws on Cohen's private archives and a wealth of interviews with many of his closest associates, colleagues, and other artists whose work he has inspired.

About the Author

Sylvie Simmons is a renowned music journalist and award-winning writer. A Londoner, she moved to LA in the late seventies where she began writing about rock music for Sounds, Creem and Kerrang!, then Rolling Stone, the Guardian and MOJO. She is the author of fiction and non-fiction books, including the acclaimed Serge Gainsbourg: A Fistful of Gitanes, Neil Young: Reflections in Broken Glass and the short story collection Too Weird for Ziggy. She currently lives in San Francisco, where she plays ukulele and still writes for MOJO.



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Dissapointed with the quality of the book itself


from Melbourne Australia

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I bought this book as I already had a copy and wanted one for a gift. This copy is smaller, the paper quality is flimsy and the text is minute. It is very disappointing and I cannot give it as a gift. I am told to return it, I need to purchase bubble wrap and a postage box and pay return postage. I regret the purchase.


Cohen's definitive biography to date


from Sydney, AU

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  • A Fascinating Subject
  • Informative
  • The Definitive Biography
  • Well Written


  • Poor Quality Pictures

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  • Excellently Researched
  • One For Fans
  • Probably For Fans Only
  • Reference

There are lots of Leonard Cohen biogs out there but this is the best i've read so far. Brilliantly researched and the interviewees are key. The author is a respected rock critic of many years standing and has put together the definitive biog (so far). makes you want to go back and revisit all Cohen's albums, even 'Death Of a Ladies Man'. No new interviews with Cohen himself but Simmons more than compensates. I learnt a lot about his early life in Canada.

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'Cohen gets the music biography he truly deserves.' Mojo

'Simmons' clear affection for her subject helps to illuminate Cohen's motivations and working methods and gives an intriguing insight into his singular mind.' Sunday Times

'The year's most meticulous, elegant and satisfying rock book.' Independent

'Simmons loves language, hates cliche and takes her time... [she] recreates long-gone incidents with such vigour that you'd swear Simmons was there at the time, sitting in the corner and taking notes.' Guardian

'A well-rounded portrait of the poet-singer...his dry wit finds an echo in Simmons's phrase-making.' Financial Times

ISBN: 9780099549321
ISBN-10: 0099549328
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 546
Published: 1st May 2013
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 14.2  x 4.1
Weight (kg): 0.53
Edition Number: 1