Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Leonard Cohen the Canadian's Haunting Work Will Endure

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Leonard Cohen the Canadian's Haunting Work Will Endure

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Leonard Cohen was not a household name, but many of his songs will endure in the popular imagination. The French-Canadian singer-songwriter, who died Thursday at 82, wrote such familiar pop hymns as "Suzanne" and "Hallelujah."

His sepulchral monotone was instantly recognizable to music fans drawn to his spare guitar playing and dark lyrics that examined everything from death, disillusionment, addictive love, God, saints, devils and everything in between. Mr. Cohen was never the "I wanna hold your hand" type.

Before he became an unlikely pop star, Leonard Cohen was a well-known poet with several books and major Canadian literary awards to his name. He split his time between Greece and his native Montreal. Despite his success as a poet, he was drawn to American music and left Canada for Nashville and Los Angeles once he had enough songs in hand. …

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