Saturday, November 12, 2016

The World Has Lost Another Legendary Artist

(This photo of Leonard Cohen performing in Denmark in 2013 is by Takahiro  Kyono.)

The world is a sadder place today because Leonard Cohen (poet, songwriter, and singer) has died. The award-winning artist was 82 years old. Here is some of what NBC News had to say:

Musician, poet and author Leonard Cohen, whose works spanned six decades and inspired numerous other artists, has died aged 82. 
"It is with profound sorrow we report that legendary poet, songwriter and artist, Leonard Cohen has passed away," a statement on his Facebook page on Thursday said. "We have lost one of music's most revered and prolific visionaries." 
His music label, Sony Music Canada, confirmed the death in a statement. "Leonard Cohen was an unparalleled artist whose stunning body of original work has been embraced by generations of fans and artists alike.". . .
Cohen, a native of Quebec, was already a celebrated poet and novelist when he moved to New York in 1966 at age 31 to break into the music business. He released his first album, "Songs of Leonard Cohen," in 1967 and his musical career has been compared to Bob Dylan and Paul Simon in terms of the influence on other artists. 
As a songwriter, his themes encompassed love in all its manifestations, religion, faith and the tenuous state of the world. . . .
Cohen released his latest album, "You Want it Darker" in October. It was his 14th studio album. Rolling Stone called the album possibly his darkest yet, and characterized it as "the sound of a master soundtracking his exit, with advice for those left behind." 
Cohen was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2008, and was awarded a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010.
Cohen was awarded the Companion in the Order of Canada, the nation's highest civilian honor, in 2003. He was awarded the Glenn Gould Prize, given for a lifetime contribution to the arts, in 2011. 
Columbia Records said in a statement: "We have lost one of music's most revered and prolific visionaries." 
Cohen's family requested privacy. A memorial will take place in Los Angeles at a later date, the statement on Cohen's Facebook page said.

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