After David Bowie and Prince earlier this year, the world of the song has lost another monument Thursday with the death of the singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen Montreal, died at the age of 82 years.
The sad news was confirmed yesterday evening by his entourage. “It is with profound sadness that we announce that the legendary poet, songwriter and artist, Leonard Cohen, died”, could be read on his Facebook page.
“We lost one of the most revered visionaries and prolific music. A memorial will be held in Los Angeles at a later date. The family requests [respect for her] privacy during this time of grief. ”
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the artist from Montreal had just published his 14th and latest album, You Want It Darker , in late October. Rather dark, the album also addressed the death forehead. In an interview last month at the New Yorker , he even told to be “ready to die”.
A message written to that which was his muse, Marianne Ihlen, at the time of his death in July was also striking. “Marianne, the time when our bodies collapse came, and I think I’ll follow you soon. Know that I am so close behind you if you reach out, I think you can achieve mine, “wrote Cohen.
The art world reeling
influential artist of his generation, the death of Leonard Cohen has provoked many reactions on social networks, both in Quebec and abroad.
US actor Russell Crowe also thanked the poet for the good times. “Thank you for quiet nights, thoughts, perspectives, smiles wedge and truth.”
the political side, Justin Trudeau reacted quickly on Twitter. “The music of Leonard Cohen was like no other, but yet transcended generations,” wrote the Prime Minister.
As for Denis Coderre, he spoke of a “great Montreal” and a “giant”. “I asked to put our half-mast. We will make sure to celebrate as it should be to one of our greatest Montrealers, “promised the mayor of Montreal.
An exhibition on the artist’s work was already planned for autumn 2017 at Museum Contemporary Art in Montreal. Titled Leonard Cohen – A breach in everything, the international exhibition now have a special significance.
A BUSY CAREER
► Born in Montreal, September 21, 1934
►Alors he lives in Greece in the early 1960s, he met Marianne Ihlen, which inspires the song So Long, Marianne and become his muse.
► 1967: Launch of her first album, Songs of Leonard Cohen, which begins with Suzanne , one of his greatest successes
► 1984: Release of the album Various Positions, which contains two classics from his repertoire: Dance Me To The End of Love and Hallelujah .
► The release in 1988 of the album I’m Your Man and the song Everybody Knows marks the beginning of a long collaboration between Cohen and Sharon Robinson.
► In 2008, Cohen was admitted to the Hall of Fame Rock and Roll. It is the first Quebec artist to receive this honor.
► Faced with financial troubles after being defrauded by his old flame and impresario, Leonard Cohen begins in 2008 first tour in fifteen years.
► 2012: At age 77, Leonard Cohen reached for the first time the third on the Billboard album with Old Ideas .
► September 21, 2016: Release of his last album, You Want it Darker , will work through death. “I am ready to die,” he says in the New Yorker promotional tour