The Words and Music of Leonard Cohen: Part 1 - Words
Leonard Cohen has had many incarnations: seen by many as a living musical legend, he has been a novelist, poet, folk singer, and Buddhist monk. Admitting to influences as wide ranging as Hebrew prayer and Lorca, Cohen himself has in turn inspired generations of artists. Salman Rushdie said, “If I could write like that, I would.”
Jewish Book Week, in conjunction with the Jewish Music Institute and Faber Books presented an evening of appreciation for Cohen's poetry, prose and lyrics.
In the first part of the evening, there was a discussion of Cohen’s lyrics and continuing legacy with music journalist Dorian Lynskey, musician Sophie Solomon, and poet, Daljit Nagra.
Dorian Lynskey is a music writer for The Guardian. He also writes for Q, The Word, Spin and Empire. He is the author of The Guardian Book of Playlists and 33 Revolutions Per Minute: A History of Protest Songs.
Daljit Nagra's Look We Have Coming to Dover! marked the arrival of a thrilling new voice in poetry and won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection along the way. His second collection, Tipoo Sultan's Incredible White-Man-Eating Tiger Toy Machine was published in 2012.
Sophie Solomon, Artistic Director of the Jewish Music Institute, is the leading klezmer violinist of her generation. A founder member of groundbreaking fusionists Oi Va Voi, she went on to launch a successful solo career with Decca Records. Sophie composes for film, TV and theatre. Amongst her diverse collaborations, Sophie had the pleasure and privilege of playing violin with Leonard Cohen in Los Angeles in 2009.
Sylvie Simmons is a renowned music journalist and award-winning writer. A Londoner, she moved to LA in the late seventies where she began writing about rock music forSounds, Creem and Kerrang!, then Rolling Stone, the Guardian and MOJO. She is the author of fiction and non-fiction books, including the acclaimed Serge Gainsbourg: A Fistful of Gitanes, Neil Young: Reflections in Broken Glass and the short story collection Too Weird for Ziggy. She currently lives in San Francisco, where she plays ukulele and still writes for MOJO.
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