Leonard Norman Cohen, CC GOQ is a Canadian singer-songwriter, musician, poet, and novelist.
Cohen has been inducted into the American Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and both the Canadian Music Hall of Fame
and the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame. He is also a Companion of the Order of Canada,
he nation's highest civilian honour.
Leonard Norman Cohen
September 21st, 1934
November 7th, 2016 (at the age of 82)
Westmount, Quebec, Canada
Folk, folk rock, soft rock, spoken word
Musician, singer-songwriter, poet, novelist
Vocals, guitar, keyboards
Engaged to Rebecca De Mornay in the 1990's
2 Children with Suzanne Elrod
Son Adam Coehn
born in 1972
Daughter Lorca Cohen born in 1974
Did You Know:
• Wrote his first book of poetry in 1956 and his first novel in 1963
Leonard Cohen Quotes
A woman watches her body uneasily, as though it were an unreliable ally in the battle for love.
Act the way you'd like to be and soon you'll be the way you act.
Children show scars like medals. Lovers use them as secrets to reveal. A scar is what happens when the word is made flesh.
I don't consider myself a pessimist. I think of a pessimist as someone who is waiting for it to rain. And I feel soaked to the skin.
In dreams the truth is learned that all good works are done in the absence of a caress.
Let judges secretly despair of justice: their verdicts will be more acute. Let generals secretly despair of triumph; killing will be defamed. Let priests secretly despair of faith: their compassion will be true.
Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash.
Seven to eleven is a huge chunk of life, full of dulling and forgetting. It is fabled that we slowly lose the gift of speech with animals, that birds no longer visit our windowsills to converse. As our eyes grow accustomed to sight they armor themselves against wonder.
The term clinical depression finds its way into too many conversations these days. One has a sense that a catastrophe has occurred in the psychic landscape.
There is a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in.
To every people the land is given on condition. Perceived or not, there is a Covenant, beyond the constitution, beyond sovereign guarantee, beyond the nation's sweetest dreams of itself.
Leonard Cohen Awards
the Québec Literary Competition Prize (awarded 1923-70 by the Province of Québec) The Favourite Game (Cohen's first novel)
Governor General's Award (English language poetry or drama) for Selected Poems 1956-1968. (Refused)
Honorary degree from Dalhousie University
The Golden Rose, the main award at the international television festival Rose d'Or in Montreux, for I am a Hotel, made-for-TV short musical film written by Cohen and based on his songs.
Canadian Author's Association Literary Award for Poetry for Book of Mercy
Genie Award for Best Original Song for "Angel Eyes" from Night Magic (with Lewis Furey)
Columbia Records Crystal Globe Award from CBS for I'm Your Man. The award is for artists who sell more than five million copies of an album in foreign territories
Nominated for Juno Awards for Canadian Entertainer of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year
Officer of the Order of Canada
Induction into the Juno/Canadian Music Hall of Fame
Nominated for a Juno Award for Songwriter of the Year.
Honorary degree from McGill University, Montreal.
Juno Award for Male Vocalist of the Year. The video for Closing Time, directed by Curtis Wehrfritz, won for Best Video. He was also nominated as Producer of the Year (with co-producer Leanne Ungar, for "Closing Time").
Governor General's Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement.
Juno Award for Songwriter of the Year and was nominated for the Juno Award for Album of the Year (for The Future). The video for The Future, directed by Curtis Wehrfritz, was nominated for Juno Award for Best Video.
Ordained a Rinzai Buddhist monk.
Nagroda Muzyczna Fryderyk, the annual Polish music award, for best foreign album (Ten New Songs).
Nominated for Juno Award as Best Songwriter Cohen (with Sharon Robinson) for "Boogie Street", "In My Secret Life", and "You Have Loved Enough").
Nominated for the Juno Award for Best Video for "In My Secret Life", directed by Floria Sigismondi. Ten New Songs nominated for Best Pop Album, and he was nominated for Best Artist.
SNEP Award Cohen for more than 100,000 copies sold of Ten New Songs in France.
Companion of the Order of Canada, Canada's second highest civilian honour.
Inclusion in Canada Reads 2005 with Beautiful Losers
Induction into the Canadian Folk Music Walk of Fame.
Induction into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Grammy for Album of the Year as a featured artist on Herbie Hancock's River: The Joni Letters.
Induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by Lou Reed who described Cohen as belonging to the "highest and most influential echelon of songwriters."
Grand Officer of the National Order of Quebec.
Long Listed for the Polaris Music Prize for Live in London
Nominated for Mojo Honours Lists for Best Live Act category.
Meteor Music Award for Best International Live Performance for his 2008 show in Dublin's IMMA's Royal Hospital Kilmainham.
Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
A second Meteor Music Award for Best International Live Performance for his 2009 show in Dublin's O2.
Porin Award in Croatia in category of foreign video programme, for his Live in London DVD.
Induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Glenn Gould Prize
Prince of Asturias Awards, Literature, Spain
Inaugural PEN Award for Song Lyrics of Literary Excellence. Chuck Berry received same award.
Juno Award, Artist of the Year.