Stranger Music : Selected Poems and Songs, Paperback Book

Stranger Music : Selected Poems and Songs Paperback

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When his fist album was released in 1967, Leonard Cohen was already well known in his native Canada as a poet and novelist, and in the United States as the writer behind Judy Collins' hugely popular recording of 'Suzanne'.

With the sucess of the first and through the release of ten more albums, Cohen gained a reputation as a highly literate and daring songwriter.

Over the years his status as a cult artist has grown, and in 1988 the release of his album 'I'm Your Man' put Cohen back into the mainstream spotlight.

Later, 'The Future' brought him renewed, widespread acclaim and this collection will include lyrics from that album, together with many of his famous classics, such as 'Suzanne', 'Joan of Arc' and 'The Chelsea Hotel'.

Stranger Music brings together Cohen's song lyrics and a generous selection of his poetry (originally published between 1956-1992).

It is a long overdue celebration of Leonard Cohen's extraordinary gift for language that speaks with rare clarity, passion and timelessness.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Publishers UK
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  • Category: Poetry by individual poets
  • ISBN: 9780224038607

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"How you murdered your family/ means nothing to me/ as your mouth moves across my body"... What can one possibly say after reading these words? Could these be the most powerful first lines of a poem ever written? Some would probably stick to the classics, but, as far as I'm concerned, no "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?" will ever match the first lines of Leonard Cohen's "Letter". As if I wasn't enough of a Cohen fan after listening to his songs, I had to discover his poetry too, to become an even bigger fan. "Stranger Music" is an anthology that puts together poems from Leonard Cohen's previously published volumes of poetry, as well as song lyrics.Probably the most striking thing about Cohen's poetry is the disarming honesty with which he writes on subjects such as love, lost faith or failure and defeat. His tone ranges from nostalgia and longing to bitter irony. It is impossible for a reader not to find a bit of himself in Leonard Cohen's verse.

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Gorgeous book setting out a large number of selected songs and poems of the brilliant Leonard Cohen. Worty addition to any set of bookshelves.

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