Leonard Cohen, Untold Stories: The Early Years & From This Broken Hill by Michael Posner, USA 2020 & 2021


Volume 1: The Early Years

by Michael Posner
USA 2020

Title Leonard Cohen, Untold Stories: The Early Years
Author Michael Posner
Country & Year USA 2020
Publisher Simon & Schuster, USA
Pages 448
Notes ISBN 9781982152635
Summary "The extraordinary life of one of the world’s greatest music and literary icons, in the words of those who knew him best.

Poet, novelist, singer-songwriter, artist, prophet, icon—there has never been a figure like Leonard Cohen. He was a true giant in contemporary western culture, entertaining and inspiring people everywhere with his work. From his groundbreaking and bestselling novels, The Favourite Game and Beautiful Losers, to timeless songs such as “Suzanne,” “Dance Me to the End of Love,” and “Hallelujah,” Cohen is a cherished artist. His death in 2016 was felt around the world by the many fans and followers who would miss his warmth, humour, intellect, and piercing insights.

Leonard Cohen, The Untold Stories chronicles the full breadth of his extraordinary life. The first of three volumes—The Early Years—follows him from his boyhood in Montreal to university, and his burgeoning literary career to the world of music, culminating with his first international tour in 1970.

Through the voices of those who knew him best—family and friends, colleagues and contemporaries, rivals, business partners, and his many lovers—the book probes deeply into both Cohen’s public and private life. It also paints a portrait of an era, the social, cultural, and political revolutions that shook the 1960s.

In this revealing and entertaining first volume, bestselling author and biographer Michael Posner draws on dozens of interviews to reach beyond the Cohen of myth and reveal the unique, complex, and compelling figure of the real man."

This is the first of three volumes, and covers the years 1934 to 1970.


Volume 2: From This Broken Hill

by Michael Posner
USA 2021

Title Leonard Cohen, Untold Stories: From This Broken Hill
Author Michael Posner
Country & Year USA, October 2021
Publisher Simon & Schuster, USA
Pages 496
Notes ISBN 9781982176891
Summary "This second of three volumes—From This Broken Hill—follows him from the conclusion of his first international music tour in 1971 as he continued to compose poetry, record music, and search for meaning into the late 1980s. The book explores his decade-long relationships with Suzanne Elrod, with whom he had two children, and various other numerous romantic partners, including the beginning of his long relationship with French photographer Dominique Issermann and, simultaneously, a five-year relationship with a woman never previously identified. It is a challenging time for Cohen. His personal life is in chaos and his career stumbles, so much so that his 1984 album, Various Positions, is rejected by Columbia Records, while other artistic endeavours fail to find an audience. However, this period also marks the start of his forty-year immersion in Zen Buddhism, which would connect him to the legendary Zen master Joshu Sasaki Roshi and inspire some of his most profound and enduring art."