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(YouTube)   Happy birthday to Canada's greatest singer-songwriter, the wonderful Leonard Cohen, who is still touring at 79. From his 2008 concert at the O2 arena, here's the classic First We Take Manhattan   (youtube.com) divider line 30
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2013-09-21 12:12:38 PM
He has to tour, his business manager stole every penny he had.
 
2013-09-21 12:26:45 PM

2wolves: He has to tour, his business manager stole every penny he had.


Yeah, he'd pretty much retired to a life as a Buddhist monk until he was told that his scumbag manager had cleaned him out.

Luckily, he'd in good shape and gives a way better show at 70 than many people do at 20.
 
2013-09-21 12:28:57 PM
Damn, scratch what I said about a "way better show at 70."  He's 79 now, and was 74 years old when the concert in the video was filmed.
 
2013-09-21 12:39:56 PM

jake_lex: 2wolves: He has to tour, his business manager stole every penny he had.

Yeah, he'd pretty much retired to a life as a Buddhist monk until he was told that his scumbag manager had cleaned him out.

Luckily, he'd in good shape and gives a way better show at 70 than many people do at 20.


I read something the other day that said he'd already earned more than what he'd lost, and now he was just touring because he was having too much fun and was surprised people still wanted to see "an old man like [him] sing."
 
2013-09-21 01:42:29 PM
I'm a book, A poem
By Leonard Cohen
 
2013-09-21 01:53:32 PM

LewDux: I'm a book, A poem
By Leonard Cohen


no way.
Earthling?
that was obscure.
 
2013-09-21 02:03:46 PM
Great that the man is LC is still performing. His music is poetry.
 
2013-09-21 02:06:33 PM
Canada's greatest?  This man takes exception.

cdn.americansongwriter.com
 
2013-09-21 02:23:59 PM

astroman05: Canada's greatest?  This man takes exception.

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Singer, no. Songwriter, absolutely.
 
2013-09-21 02:29:36 PM
He must be tired of getting tea, oranges, and locks of hair as birthday gifts.

My parents are huge fans of his. I think he's a good song writer but his voice drives my crazy, and not in a good way. But If I hear one more TV talent show wannabe singing "Hallelujah" I'm going to join the class-action assassination plot against Simon Cowell. But at least it is nice to have a Leonard Cohen song be overexposed.

 Jennifer Warnes' version of "First we Take Manhattan" is really good however the video is painfully 80's style. But with Stevie Ray Vaughn on guitar I'm not going to complain. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0rZ2CPCYBQ
 
2013-09-21 02:31:21 PM

YoOjo: LewDux: I'm a book, A poem
By Leonard Cohen

no way.
Earthling?
that was obscure.


Apparently not
 
2013-09-21 02:46:49 PM

LewDux: YoOjo: LewDux: I'm a book, A poem
By Leonard Cohen

no way.
Earthling?
that was obscure.

Apparently not


I didn't even need to Google it, bought that album whenever it was it came out and still listen to it now.
 
2013-09-21 02:54:07 PM
This thread reeks of hipster. For that, I give you http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nickelback
 
2013-09-21 03:08:26 PM

astroman05: Canada's greatest?  This man takes exception.

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I preferred his work with Paul Simon.
 
2013-09-21 03:10:00 PM

jjwars1: This thread reeks of hipster. For that, I give you http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nickelback


Don't be so hard on yourself, It's okay to be ignorant about XX century English/Caribbean bands
 
2013-09-21 03:24:07 PM

astroman05: Canada's greatest?  This man takes exception.

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I'll see that, and raise you Stompin' Tom. The man was a genius.
 
2013-09-21 03:36:09 PM
astroman05

Canada's greatest?  This man takes exception.


[cdn.americansongwriter.com image 400x400]

He recorded every song ever written! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZlrrwUIwcE
 
2013-09-21 03:50:20 PM
I know I'm probably in the minority, but I think "Death of a Ladies' Man" is one of his best albums.  Not the best, mind you, but top-five.  Sometimes despite Phil Spector's Wall of Sound, sometimes because of it.
 
2013-09-21 04:00:16 PM

astroman05: Canada's greatest?  This man takes exception.

[cdn.americansongwriter.com image 400x400]


Lets call it a tie.
 
2013-09-21 05:07:44 PM

YoOjo: LewDux: YoOjo: LewDux: I'm a book, A poem
By Leonard Cohen

no way.
Earthling?
that was obscure.

Apparently not

I didn't even need to Google it, bought that album whenever it was it came out and still listen to it now.


After a while I realised that their second album is probably as good as first
 
2013-09-21 08:13:56 PM
That's not how you spell Fred Eaglesmith, subby.
 
2013-09-21 09:14:04 PM
Nice to see Canada's douchebag songwriters get some attention like America's douchebag songwriters do.
 
2013-09-21 09:52:36 PM
ooh! Pics of old and/or past Canadian Music Gods: (may be from before your time)...

upload.wikimedia.org

www.museum.tv

upload.wikimedia.org

www.biography.com


/Like LC. A lot. But I have to be in the 'feel like wallowing in deep depression for a while' kind of mood...
 
2013-09-21 10:03:19 PM

Tired_of_the_BS: ooh! Pics of old and/or past Canadian Music Gods: (may be from before your time)...

[upload.wikimedia.org image 250x195]

[www.museum.tv image 230x300]

[upload.wikimedia.org image 220x348]

[www.biography.com image 402x402]


/Like LC. A lot. But I have to be in the 'feel like wallowing in deep depression for a while' kind of mood...


Well, this will cheer you up:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NDc2uURjW10
 
2013-09-21 10:24:06 PM

simplicimus: Well, this will cheer you up: ...


Aye. That and Chelsea Hotel 2 are at the top of my LC 'buck up little camper' motivational songs.

/Had a 'thing' for Janis when I was a pre-teen lad.
//I butcher Hallelujah (I prefer silent 'H') while playing a whopping four chord accompaniment on my uke... Truly dreadful.
 
2013-09-21 10:32:47 PM

Tired_of_the_BS: simplicimus: Well, this will cheer you up: ...

Aye. That and Chelsea Hotel 2 are at the top of my LC 'buck up little camper' motivational songs.

/Had a 'thing' for Janis when I was a pre-teen lad.
//I butcher Hallelujah (I prefer silent 'H') while playing a whopping four chord accompaniment on my uke... Truly dreadful.


And Famous Blue Raincoat is a great romantic ballad.
 
2013-09-21 11:45:57 PM
Thank you, subby. Whatever the debate above says, he is great. One of a kind. And pure (irony and pretense free) cool.
 
2013-09-22 11:01:13 AM

simplicimus: Tired_of_the_BS: ooh! Pics of old and/or past Canadian Music Gods: (may be from before your time)...

[upload.wikimedia.org image 250x195]

[www.museum.tv image 230x300]

[upload.wikimedia.org image 220x348]

[www.biography.com image 402x402]


/Like LC. A lot. But I have to be in the 'feel like wallowing in deep depression for a while' kind of mood...

Well, this will cheer you up:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NDc2uURjW10


Wrong
Wrong
Wrong
Wrong

content.animalnewyork.com
 
2013-09-22 09:42:02 PM
I doubt my live LC experience will ever be topped by another.
 
2013-09-22 11:08:33 PM
Saw him in concert for the first time earlier this year.
By God, that man has still got it. He comes out running to the stage like a 30 year old.
Sure his voice is still as deep as a well, and gravelly, but he fits each song to his voice.
And the renditions! Some songs were re-workings of previous versions...... not like Bob Dylan almost unrecognizable renditions, but just different, which is cool.
And each member of the band got the spotlight at some points too........ like the wonderful song his backup singer-wife did, and the two white british women backup singers singing "if it be your will".
The show was about 3.5 hours. There were three separate encores.
The guy still has humour and charisma. And he recited a poem or two as well !
One of the best shows I've ever been to.
 
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