Sandstone Press

A Broken Hallelujah by Liel Leibovitz

RRP: £14.99
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9781908737861
Publication Date: 15/05/2014
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A Broken Hallelujah
Leonard Cohen’s Secret Chord

Liel Leibovitz

In this philosophical biography, Liel Leibovitz looks at what it is that makes Leonard Cohen an enduring international figure in the cultural imagination. Born into a Canadian religious Jewish family, for years a reclusive lyricist on the Greek island of Hydra, known for his bold political commentary, his devotion to Buddhist thought and his later despair over contemporary Zionism, Cohen hardly follows the rules of a conventional rock star. Yet the prophetic themes of his music, often filled with pessimism and apocalyptic visions, prove redemptive to an audience that spans generations. As Leonard Cohen requires, this is a passionate and personal evocation of a man who appeals to the inner spirit of his fervent followers.

Liel Leibovitz

Liel Leibovitz portrait

Liel Leibovitz is the author/co-author of four books that include The Chosen Peoples (Simon & Schuster, 2010) with Todd Gitlin, and with Matthew Miller Lili Marlene: The Soldiers’ Song of WWII...

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Reviews

‘Provokes thought and emotion on every page.’
-Richard Holloway

‘He clearly loves Leonard and those who love Leonard will enjoy – and maybe even love – Leibovitz. ’
-Michael Simmons, Mojo

‘illuminating critical biography. ’
-Alan Taylor, The Herald

‘Leibovitz’s well-written, non gossipy book is a TREASURE and a must-have for all Cohen fans.’
-Val Hennessy