Robert Levin (1912 - 1996)

Ernst Glaser Courtesy JMO

Leonard Cohen i Oslo konserthus 1988

Med albumet "I'm Your Man" opplevde Leonard Cohen en utrolig suksess i 1988. Han gikk helt til topps i Norge, og med nye sanger som First We Take Manhattan, Take This Waltz og Ain't No Cure For Love, fylte norgesvennen og hans fremragende band Oslo Konserthus flere ganger i mai samme år.

 

Vi møter også Cohen i samtale med Vera Kvaal. See link 

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Leonard Norman Cohen (September 21, 1934 – November 7, 2016) was a Canadian singer, songwriter, poet and novelist. His work explored religion, politics, isolation, sexuality, and personal relationships.

Cohen pursued a career as a poet and novelist during the 1950s and early 1960s, and did not launch a music career until 1967, at the age of 33.

Cohen was born in Montreal, Quebec, into a middle-class Jewish family. His mother, Marsha (Masha) Klonitsky, was the daughter of a Talmudic writer, Rabbi Solomon Klonitsky-Kline, of Lithuanian Jewish ancestry.

 

His father, Nathan Cohen, who owned a substantial clothing store, died when Cohen was nine years old.

The family observed Orthodox Judaism, ​On the topic of being a Kohen, Cohen said that "I had a very Messianic childhood." He told Richard Goldstein in 1967, "I was told I was a descendant of Aaron, the high priest."

Much of his love of music came from his mother, who he said had a lovely voice: She was Russian and sang songs around the house. And I know that those changes, those melodies, touched me very much. She would sing with us when I took my guitar to a restaurant with some friends; my mother would come, and we'd often sing all night.

LEONARD COHEN

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"In such a being, perfection is a shortcoming and a lack.”

 

"Leonard Cohen was the poet laureate of the lack, the psalmist of the privation, who made imperfection gorgeous."

"In 1960, Leonard Cohen lived in rural Hydra, Greece, in an apartment with intermittent electricity that he was renting for fourteen dollars a month. He lived with Marianne Ihlen (born in Norway 1935), and the song "So Long, Marianne" was written to and about her.

 

Their relationship lasted for most of the 1960s. Marianne died in July 2016. Cohen's farewell letter to Marianne was read at her funeral, stating that "... our bodies are falling apart and I think I will follow you very soon. Know that I am so close behind you that if you stretch out your hand, I think you can reach mine."

"Leonard Cohen was robbed of his life savings [by former manager). Because of that, he was forced to go back to work, toured the world and released some new great albums. Was it a blessing in disguise?

Adam Cohen (son): "I’ll tell you this: Life is a beautiful play with a terribly written third act, but not for Leonard Cohen. For him, it’s the most magical third act.
 

Today, he is more famous and more loved than ever before, so we owe a gratitude for that and are blessed by the circumstances."