Leonard Cohen releases a new album, ‘Popular Problems’, today, following his 80th birthday yesterday (September 21). Marking the celebrations is a new book by Harvey Kubernik, ‘Leonard Cohen: Everybody Knows’, which studies his life, music and poetry via interviews with his collaborators. It’s also illustrated with hundreds of photographs, many previously unpublished. Here’s a handful of them…
A vintage snap of the Westmount poet, shot in stark black and white behind a typewriter.
A great Jack Robinson shot of Cohen in his youth.
Another stirring portrait of the star.
Cohen in action, performing acoustic.
The Canadian artist in introspective mode, listening to a record and enjoying a cigarette.
Singing in pinstripes.
Leonard doing what he does best.
In prayer or deep in thought? Either way, a striking image.
Up close and personal, a little more recently.
A close-up portrait of the songwriter, by Los Angeles photographer Neal Preston.
This just in – the key to Leonard Cohen’s inimitable songwriting prowess? Composing barefoot. Lose the shoes and socks, and maybe you too can write generation-defining songs like ‘Hallelujah’. Maybe.