I'm Your Man by Sylvie Simmons

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12 Critic Reviews

Sylvie Simmons’s incisive new biography, I’m Your Man, is an essential tool in the enterprise, steering clear, for the most part, of the Oprah-lens hagiography that has dominated the discourse about Cohen for the last 50 years.
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Singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen is one of the most important and influential musical artists of the past fifty years—and one of the most elusive. In I’m Your Man, journalist Sylvie Simmons, one of the foremost chroniclers of the world of rock ’n’ roll and popular music, explores the extraordinary life and creative genius of Leonard Cohen.

I’m Your Man is an intimate and insightful appreciation of the man responsible for “Suzanne,” “Bird on a Wire,” “Hallelujah,” and so many other unforgettable, oft-covered ballads and songs.  Based on Simmons’s unparalleled access to Cohen—and written with her hallmark blend of intelligence, integrity, and style—I’m Your Man is the definitive biography of a major musical artist widely considered in a league with the great Bob Dylan.

Readers of Life by Rolling Stone Keith Richards and Patti Smith’s phenomenal Just Kids will be riveted by this fascinating portrait of a singular musical icon.

 

About Sylvie Simmons

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Sylvie Simmons is one of the foremost music journalists chronicling rock 'n roll since the 1970s. She has written for ever major international music magazine, including Rolling Stone, MOJO, Q, and Blender among other publications, and has interviewed everyone from Brian Wilson to Mick Jagger. A winner of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for her liner notes to Leonard Cohen Live at the Isle of Wight 1970, she is also the author of the biographies Serge Gainsnourg: A Fistful of Cigarettes and Neil Young: Reflections in Broken Glass, as well as the short story collection Too Weird for Ziggy. She lives in San Francisco, California.
 
Published September 18, 2012 by Ecco. 595 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Arts & Photography, Science & Math, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction
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All: 12 | Positive: 12 | Negative: 0

Kirkus

Excellent
Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on Sep 15 2012

An elegant, deeply researched life of the Canadian musician, poet and novelist.

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NY Times

Excellent
Reviewed by A. M. Homes on Oct 12 2012

...this biography has the oddest effect: as soon as you finish reading it you feel an overwhelming impulse to go back and begin again, revisiting the story with what you’ve learned along the way.

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NY Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Janet Maslin on Sep 13 2012

“I’m Your Man” goes on to provide glimpses of a well-chosen few of Mr. Cohen’s relationships with women...

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Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by Kitty Empire on Nov 24 2012

It is the definitive volume on the guy right at the top of the tower of song.

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LA Times

Excellent
Reviewed by August Brown on Sep 10 2012

...tries to synthesize all these stories into a new gold standard of Cohen bios.

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LA Times

Good
Reviewed by August Brown on Sep 10 2012

...Simmons' book takes Cohen's contradictory interests in Jewish tradition, Buddhist dispassion and Christian myth as part of a larger creative and philosophical architecture that seeps into every corner of his varied works.

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Dallas News

Excellent
Reviewed by MICHAEL E. YOUNG on Oct 04 2012

...exquisitely researched and elegantly written biography, she depicts a man in perpetual motion, hellhound on his trail, living a life filled with turmoil and self-doubt, love, sex and fleeting relationships, spiritual searching and rare moments of peace.

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San Francisco Chronicle

Excellent
Reviewed by Tom Nolan on Sep 24 2012

...does a superb job telling Cohen's long, strange, self-complicated story: a saga full of colorful characters (including such figures as Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan and Phil Spector)...

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Boston.com

Excellent
Reviewed by Ian Crouch on Sep 19 2012

Simmons presents Cohen as a man called on quests, some physical, some chemical, and others spiritual.

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Paste

Excellent
Reviewed by MARSHALL. DUKE on Sep 11 2012

This book will stay with you. It will change the way you hear Leonard Cohen.

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National Post arts

Good
Reviewed by Michael Lista on Nov 30 2012

Sylvie Simmons’s incisive new biography, I’m Your Man, is an essential tool in the enterprise, steering clear, for the most part, of the Oprah-lens hagiography that has dominated the discourse about Cohen for the last 50 years.

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Beth Fish Reads

Good
Reviewed by Beth on Sep 14 2012

At the core of Simmons's biography is the chronological account of Cohen's life from his birth in Montreal to his recent worldwide tour.

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21 May 2013

I did not want this memoir to end! I have been a Cohen fan from the inception and recently was fortunate to attend one of his concerts. Leonard touches my soul and heart! What a terrific read!!

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