Leonard Cohen was born on September 21, 1934, in Westmount, Quebec. While he was studying at the McGill University, his first book on poetry, named Let Us Compare Mythologies, was released in 1956. After that, the publishing of his second book, The Spice-Box of Earth, in 1961 made him known as a figure of repute among well-known personalities in literature.
Till 1966, he wrote the collected works named Flowers for Hitler which was published in 1966 and two novels which included Beautiful Losers.
After that, he also began a career as a musician. His first album, Songs of Leonard Cohen, was released in 1967. Spawning hit tracks from this album, Leonard Cohen went ahead to release his second album, Songs From a Room which was released in 1969 and, then, Songs of Love and Hate, his third
album in 1971. The folk tune of his songs established him as a popular figure in the world of folk music.
During the 70s, Leonard Cohen released 2 albums. First released was the album New Skin for the Old Ceremony in 1974 and then Death of a Ladies' Man in 1977. He experimented with different genres in these albums. But Death of a Ladies' Man became the most unsuccessful album in his musical career.
But his biggest hit album was yet to come with the release of I'm Your Man in 1988 which saw phenomenal sales and after that came The Future in 1992.
He took up Buddhism and was decreed as a Buddhist monk in 1996. For the next three years till 1999, he remained in peaceful isolation.
After coming out of seclusion, Leonard Cohen released a couple of albums which included Ten New Songs of 2001. A rife with manager Kelley Lynch followed in 2005 and Cohen won a lawsuit of $9 million against her. But he still is waiting to see the face of the won money.
Leonard Cohen was inducted into the prestigious Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2008. After that he began a tour of North America and Europe in July 2008 which became highly successful.
Why is he famous?
Leonard Cohen is famous as an author and singer. He is often named as "poet laureate of pessimism" and "godfather of gloom". His folk songs have made him a living legend in the history of folk music and he still influences a lot of artists in pop music.
Here is one of his famous quotes:
"If I knew where the songs came from, I'd go there more often."
- Leonard Cohen
Being born on Sep 21, Leonard is a Virgo.
Leonard Cohen attended the BA English, McGill University (1955).
Leonard dated Janis Joplin and amongst other amorous encounters was Suzanne Elrod.
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