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CanLit150

Celebrate more than 150 years of Canada with 150 books.

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Stranger Music by Leonard Cohen

Stranger Music (1993)

(From Amazon.com)

In the decades since he recorded his first album, Leonard Cohen evolved into an international cult figure--and one of the most literate, daring, and affecting poet-songwriters in the world. Stranger Music presents a magnificent cross-section of Cohen's work--including the legendary songs "Suzanne," "Sisters of Mercy," "Bird on a Wire," "Famous Blue Raincoat," "I'm Your Man," and "The Future"; selections from such books as Flowers for Hitler, Beautiful Losers, and Death of a Lady's Man, and eleven previously unpublished poems. This volume demonstrates definitively that Cohen was a writer of dazzling intelligence and a force that transcended genres.

Leonard Cohen

(From The Canadian Encyclopedia)

Leonard Cohen was a poet, novelist, and singer, songwriter Montréal, QC. Cohen was one of the most iconic Canadian artists of the 20th century. A sage, mystic, bohemian and romantic, he built an acclaimed body of literary work and a revered career in pop music. In his poetry, novels and music, he constantly probed the human condition, exploring themes of love, loss, death and his commitment to his art. As a poetic and unlikely pop star, his narrow-ranged, gruff voice, which deepened and darkened with age, and his reliance on simple, singsong melodies were complimented by the intense imagery and depth of his lyrics. A Companion of the Order of Canada, he was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, the US Songwriters Hall of Fame, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Folk Music Walk of Fame. He was also granted the Glenn Gould Prize, six Juno Awards, a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and numerous other honours.