Cohen, Leonard - Leonard Cohen's Lonesome Heroes
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"While this does have short, archival excerpts of Cohen performances and interviews, it's primarily a deeply researched, scholarly and thoroughly engrossing look at his influences and origins as first a poet/novelist and then a songwriter. Chapters focus on the Beats, Henry Miller, Jacques Brel, Hank Williams, Federico Garcia Lorca, Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, the folk revival, Judaism and Zen Buddhism. Among those interviewed are Cohen biographers Ira Nadel and Stephen Scobie, Beat Generation expert John Tytell, Garcia Lorca scholar Leslie Stainton, rock critic Anthony DeCurtis and Buddhist monk Kigen. Perhaps the best of the interviews is with Judy Collins, who recounts how she discovered Cohen as a songwriter when she recorded three of his compositions..."
I couldn't have said it better myself.
Those who love this man for the extraordinary and unique artist that he is, go and buy this dvd. You won't be disappointed and you'll get a much better understanding of his work and the man himself.
I am sorry that K. Rathburn was disappointed but then she seems to be disappointed because she bought a coffee maker and it doesn't produce orange juice!
The product description reads:
Although it can be difficult to detect the influences in the work of Leonard Cohen, he was informed by a far-reaching list of musicians, writers, poets and philosophies. In Leonard Cohen's Lonesome Heroes, the scope and detail of his artistic inspirations are put under the microscope...(etc.)
Leonard Cohen's Lonesome Heroes analyses Cohen's work in terms of his influences. Inteviews with key critics, biographers and academics), give us an insightful overview into the people who have inspired Leonard Cohen.
I have been involved in similar productions in the past, and then read reviews similar to K. Rathburn's here that slate the product for being something other than the expected - perhaps a live show from the artist in question are something like that; which is a pity as it isn't what the product has ever claimed to be.
I have absolutely no involvement in this production, I hasten to add, though I would have been very proud to have been a part of it. I particularly like the even-handed emphasis on poetry music and religion and with the speakers manage to deal with academic subjects in an easy to understand manner never resorting to `Academese' nor sounding patronising.Read more ›
Other Cohen influences are the American poet Walt Whitman and the beat poets Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg, the French poet Arthur Rimbaud and singers Judy Collins, Ray Charles, Jacques Brell and Hank Williams.
My favorite Cohen song is Democracy (is coming to the USA). If you have not heard Cohen's songs, he still does concerts at a ripe old age, which quickly appear on CD or DVD.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Although I understood that this is a documentary, I didn't feel that I learned anything new about Mr. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Visualsummer
I've loved everything that Leonard's done since I was first turned on to him in an english class in 1967Published 24 months ago by richard waterson
An interesting and well done documentary. HOWEVER, it boils down to a bunch of scholars GUESSING what Mr. Cohen's influences were - there are no interviews with Mr. Cohen. Read morePublished on December 4, 2013 by Joseph A. Kengor
If you love Leonard Cohen you don't need my review and if you don't know Leonard Cohen then this is a good place to start.Published on June 16, 2013 by B A Collinsworth
Leonard might be a senior citizen but his poetry to music is still amazing!! Long may he continue his output.Published on May 6, 2013 by suebinny