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The Holy or the Broken : Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley, and the Unlikely Ascentof

The Holy or the Broken

Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley, and the Unlikely Ascentof "Hallelujah"


Published: 1st December 2016
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Praised as "brilliantly revelatorya masterful work of critical journalism" (Kirkus Reviews, starred review),The Holy or the Broken is the fascinating account of one of the most-performed rock songs in history-Leonard Cohen's heartrending "Hallelujah."

How did one obscure song become an international anthem for human triumph and tragedy, a song each successive generation seems to feel they have discovered and claimed as uniquely their own? Celebrated music journalist Alan Light follows the improbable journey of "Hallelujah" straight to the heart of popular culture.

About the Author

Alan Light has been one of America’s leading music journalists for the past twenty years. He was a writer at Rolling Stone, founding music editor and editor-in-chief of Vibe, and editor-in-chief of Spin magazine. He has been a contributor to The New Yorker, GQ, Entertainment Weekly, Elle, and Mother Jones. He is the author of The Skills to Pay the Bills, an oral history of the Beastie Boys; The Holy or the Broken: Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley, and the Unlikely Ascent of “Hallelujah”; and cowriter of the New York Times bestselling memoir by Gregg Allman, My Cross to Bear.

"A must for music fans." * Booklist (starred review) * "Absorbing...Eloquent... Light expertly unpacks the song's long, strange journey to ubiquity." * The Village Voice * "Reverentially details every stage in the [song's] evolution-and along the way, he reveals the compelling stories behind some of its most iconic interpretations." * The Atlantic * "Fresh and compelling." * Entertainment Weekly * "Keeps the pages turning... A well-constructed, consistently enlightening book, which should have Cohen devotees and music fans alike seeking out their favorite version of the song." * The Boston Globe * "A deeply researched mixture of critical analysis and cultural archaeology." * Los Angeles Times * "Brilliantly revelatory... A masterful work of critical journalism." * Kirkus Reviews (starred review) * "A combination mystery tale, detective story, pop critique and sacred psalm of its own." * The Daily News * "Thoughtful and illuminating... [Mr. Light] is a fine companion for this journey through one song's changing fortunes." * The New York Times *

ISBN: 9781451657852
ISBN-10: 1451657854
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 254
Published: 1st December 2016
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.3 x 14.0  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.27