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Leonard Norman Cohen CC GOQ (September 21, 1934 – November 7, 2016) was a Canadian singer-songwriter, poet, and novelist. Themes commonly explored throughout his work include faith and mortality, isolation and depression, betrayal and redemption, social and political conflict, and sexual and romantic love, desire, regret, and loss. He was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He was invested as a Companion of the Order of Canada, the nation's highest civilian honour. In 2011, he received one of the Prince of Asturias Awards for literature and the ninth Glenn Gould Prize.



Cohen pursued a career as a poet and novelist during the 1950s and early 1960s, and did not begin a music career until 1966. His first album, Songs of Leonard Cohen (1967), was followed by three more albums of folk music: Songs from a Room (1969), Songs of Love and Hate (1971) and New Skin for the Old Ceremony (1974). His 1977 record Death of a Ladies' Man, co-written and produced by Phil Spector, was a move away from Cohen's previous minimalist sound.

In 1979, Cohen returned with the more traditional Recent Songs, which blended his acoustic style with jazz, East Asian, and Mediterranean influences. Cohen's most famous song, "Hallelujah", was released on his seventh album, Various Positions (1984). I'm Your Man in 1988 marked Cohen's turn to synthesized productions. In 1992, Cohen released its follow-up, The Future, which had dark lyrics and references to political and social unrest.

Cohen returned to music in 2001 with the release of Ten New Songs, a major hit in Canada and Europe. His eleventh album, Dear Heather, followed in 2004. In 2005, Cohen discovered that his manager had stolen most of his money and sold his publishing rights, prompting a return to touring to recoup his losses. Following a successful string of tours between 2008 and 2013, he released three albums in the final years of his life: Old Ideas (2012), Popular Problems (2014), and You Want It Darker (2016), the last of which was released three weeks before his death. His posthumous, fifteenth, and final studio album Thanks for the Dance, was released in November 2019.

In 2023, Rolling Stone ranked him number 103 in their "200 Greatest Singers of All Time" list.

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Idaho to Release Limited Edition Box Set; Feature Doc Streaming Now

The groundbreaking legacy of slowcore pioneers IDAHO will be celebrated with The Devil You Know [1992-1996], a landmark four-album five-disc Deluxe Limited-Edition Box Set featuring vinyl reissues of the band’s long-out-of-print and highly sought-after first three records. They also recently premiered their career-spanning feature documentary, Traces of Glory: The Musical Journey of Idaho.
Performers and Presenters for 2024 Songwriters Hall of Fame Gala Includes Carrie Underwood, Kevin Bacon & More

Trey Anastasio, Kevin Bacon and Michael Bacon p/k/a The Bacon Brothers, Cary Barlowe, Andra Day, Rodney Chrome, El Debarge, Missy Elliott, Jason Isbell, Nile Rodgers, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Deniece Williams and Paul Williams will either present and/or perform at the 53rd Annual Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Dinner slated for Thursday, June 13th at the Marriot Marquis Hotel in New York City.
GableStage Named Knight Foundation Art & Tech Fund Recipient For Two Consecutive Years

 GableStage has announced plans to upgrade its virtual and in-person theater experiences. With newly acquired video projection and theatrical lighting equipment, made possible by an investment from Knight Foundation, GableStage will be able to enhance the livestream capabilities for performances, elevating production quality and reaching new audiences.
Review: LEONA MITCHELL RETURNS TO NEW YORK at Theater Of St. Jean

When a legendary diva, one of the great voices of the 20th century, announces her return to the New York stage after an absence of two decades, fans are generally overjoyed – at first – then curious – then trepidatious – finally, hopeful that the return will be a success. 
STOMP and JUDY COLLINS Join Broadway at Pikes Peak Center Lineup

The American Theatre Guild has announced two Season Add-On productions for the 24–25 BROADWAY AT PIKES PEAK CENTER Series at Pikes Peak Center.
Charles W. Eisemann Center For Performing Arts Announces EISEMANN CENTER PRESENTS Lineup For 2024-2025 Season

Discover the exciting lineup for the 2024-2025 season at the CHARLES W. EISEMANN CENTER FOR PERFORMING ARTS. Single tickets are now available for a diverse range of performances and events.
Niki Haris and Donna De Lory to Return to The Green Room 42 in June

Niki Haris and Donna De Lory will return to The Green Room 42 for an encore performance, following two sold-out shows. Don't miss this special event featuring the talented duo. Learn how to purchase tickets.
Review: AVITAL ASH: WORKSHOPS HER SUICIDE NOTE, Soho Theatre

The story of Avital Ash: Workshops Her Suicide Note begins with some context for the audience. Ash’s mother committed suicide when Ash was only an infant and her father remarried, never telling his daughter that her mother was not actually her birth mother.
Legendary Songwriter Cindy Walker Posthumously Inducted Into The Songwriters Hall Of Fame

Legendary country songwriter Cindy Walker has been posthumously inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, recognizing her enduring legacy in music.
A STRANGE LOOP, KIM'S CONVENIENCE & More Set for Soulpepper Theatre 24/25 Season

​Soulpepper Theatre has unveiled its 2024-25 season featuring 8 shows. See the full lineup and learn how to purchase tickets.
THE SISTERS OF MERCY to Embark on Fall N. American Tour with Blaqk Audio

Following their triumphant return to North America with last year’s 19-date tour that saw sold out shows in New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, plus six other cities, THE SISTERS OF MERCY (TSOM) have announced a run of 26 shows this Fall that include such legendary venues as New York City’s Radio City Music Hall, Los Angeles’ The Greek, San Francisco’s The Masonic and Chicago’s Aragon Ballroom among others.
Review: HERE IT IS: A TRIBUTE TO LEONARD COHEN at Kennedy Center

The producer Larry Klein honored the memory of Leonard Cohen with a 2022 tribute album that had a hushed sensibility and taste, as well as an impressive array of vocalists. Hoping to continue that feel, he began work on an equally fine performance version with the same title, “This is Now: A Tribute to Leonard Cohen,” which played two nights with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center over the weekend. 
Interview: Jeremy Webb of GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY at BROADWAY AT THE HOBBY CENTER

I initially started working on this show, and now I am the biggest Dylan fan. He's so ubiquitous. He's out there in the culture. So, of course, I knew Dylan and Dylan's songs, but this has made me a huge fan of his.
Lucille Carr-Kaffashan Performs Final Installment of her 2023/24 Singer-Songwriter Series This May

Bistro and MAC Hanson Award winning vocalist, Lucille Carr-Kaffashan, will return to Don’t Tell Mama in June with the final show of her 2023/24 series honoring the work of singer-songwriters.
Samantha Fish to Embark On The Experience Hendrix 2024 Tour This Fall

Samantha Fish is pleased to announce that she will be participating in The Experience Hendrix 2024 Tour taking place this Fall. The dates that Samantha Fish will playing are confirmed thus far are Santa Rosa, CA on Sept 25 and Saratoga, CA on Sept 26. Find ticketing information and a promo code here!
PARADE, FUNNY GIRL And More Available for PNC Broadway In Kansas City Season Membership Packages

PNC Broadway in Kansas City has announced that new Season Ticket Packages for the 24–25 Broadway season are available now.
MEAN GIRLS, AIN'T TOO PROUD And More Announced for Broadway In Thousand Oaks 2024-25 Season

Discover the exciting new season lineup at 24-25 Broadway in Thousand Oaks. Get ready for a riveting mix of classic and contemporary performances that will captivate all theater enthusiasts.
Interview: MARY TESTA of TENDERNESS AND GRATITUDE at Westport Country Playhouse

The legendary Mary Testa is coming to the Westport Country Playhouse on April 15 for one night only.
Video: Nathaniel Rateliff Shares His Take Of Leonard Cohen's 'Winter Lady'

Nathaniel Rateliff has shared 'Winter Lady,' a powerful interpretation of a Leonard Cohen song from his 1967 debut record.
Kaia Kater Releases New Single “In Montreal” featuring Allison Russell

With Black Country very much in the news right now, Kaia Kater’s new single is a love letter to her chosen instrument, the banjo, and a nod to her early roots both in Appalachian stringband music and “in Montreal,” where she grew up.

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How many shows has Leonard Cohen written?

Leonard Cohen has written 1 shows including The Leonard Cohen Show (Source Material).

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