Charles Shaar Murray

Life of a Ladies’ Man

I’m Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen

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In early 1968, three primary enthusiasms emerged from the dizzyingly eclectic musical mash-up spun by John Peel on his Sunday afternoon Radio 1 show. One was the clattery, rattly Jive Tolkien of that elvish Presley, Marc Bolan, in what was then still called Tyrannosaurus Rex; the second was the Dadaist mutation of delta blues and free jazz created by Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band; and the third was the debut album of an obscure and comparatively elderly Canadian singer-songwriter named Leonard Cohen.

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