This early evening, however, was more tame than the venue appeared, adorned with its vibrant graffiti and leather couches. See all books authored by sylvie simmons, including im your man. The tour eased simmons shyness about singing for an audience, and she began sharing songs shed written with howe gelb, best known as the leader of the idiosyncratic americana. Facebook is showing information to help you better understand the purpose of a page. We only know so much about leonard cohen from his poems and songs he is both diarist and then in the truest sense of autobiography he is the unreliable narrator. Shes written a bunch of books, one of them cult fiction but most of them biographies, including 2012s new york times bestseller im your man. Dissipation though more likely sleep and dreams of dissipation. The detail and work put into this tome of a biography is simply outstanding.
The definitive biography of one of the most emigmatic, beloved, and celebrated artists of our time. Things i managed to lose on the last leg of my book tour. Her writing has appeared in countless publications and collections including the legendary us magazine creem. Then, when the book tour s done, writing some more pieces for mojo, assuming i can remember how to toss off something with less than 200,00 words. We will meet you at a designated area at the venue, prior to the show to organize details etc. I learned a great deal, and my understanding about his journey put much of his work into context. A respected veteran rock journalist, sylvie simmons had been writing about music for nearly four decades when she finally stepped forward as a performer. Join facebook to connect with sylvie simmons and others you may know. Sylvie simmons, preeminent rock chick, noted novelist, respected pop music journalist, and leonard cohen biographer, was gracious enough to supply the following synopsis of this event.
Im your man will be the goto text for the next few years as it has all the key stuff about the two suzannes, life on the greek island of hydra, hanging with irving layton, freaking with. July 25, 2017 my grandmother asked me to tell you shes sorry by fredrick backman june 20, 2017 midwives by chris bohjalian may 16, 2017 this date is an evening event set for 6 p. Feb 24, 2017 leonard cohen inducted into the canadian music hall of fame juno tvs vintage vids duration. Une breche en toute chose a crack in everything, the mac presents a conversation between sylvie simmons, author of im your man. I called it a fistful of gitanes and the indie publishing house i signed with didnt argue. Sylvie s interviews and essays have also appeared in the following books. Sylvie simmons bio, wiki 2017 musician biographies. Sylvie simmons books list of books by author sylvie simmons. Picking up from where the first edition of sylvie s book ended in 2012, when it was first published, it covers leonards life and work until his death in november 2016. Sylvie simmons is a londonborn, usbased music journalist, named as a principal player in paul gormans book on the history of the rock music press in their own write sanctuary publishing, 2001. Conversation between sylvie simmons and eleanor wachtel mac. Sylvie simmons witnessed bob dylan going full christian, covering his gospel show in 1979, and is still trying to come to terms with bobs born again era. She learned to try out a secondhand acoustic guitar, but an effort to.
Sylvie simmons has put together a cleverly balanced book that really does justice to her subject. Im your man the life of leonard cohen by sylvie simmons ecco. Satisfying and stylish, and certainly not a hagiography, its a totally fascinating look at career often made up of happenstance and luck. An awardwinning author and renowned rock journalist, since the late seventies, sylvie was born in london and lives in san francisco. Blondies debbie harry will release her memoir face it on oct. Large motley crue book with bios, stories and tons of pictures of the ba. Simmons was created and elevated in london, and was captivated by music from early child years. Sylvie simmons is a renowned british rock writer who misspent her youth and several subsequent decades hanging with bands and taking notes. A steely dan companion 2018 visions from the tower of song. Sylvie simmons, a guest at the hay festival in cartagena, is internationally known for her biography of leonard cohen, but she is equally famous in the music world for her wonderful biographies of serge gainsbourg and neil young.
This is a deeply insightful portrait that is guaranteed to haunt the reader much like his suzanne and bird on the wire. This vacation, i finished a 529 page book on leonard cohen sylvie simmonss im your man, the longest book ive read in a long while. Oli pritchard catches up with highlyrated british songsmith and former music journalist sylvie simmons before her arrival in bogota for filbo 2015. And pack my tape recorder and note book so i can get some stories for the book. See actions taken by the people who manage and post content. As cohens most authoritative biographer sylvie simmons found herself called upon last year to talk endlessly and with a heavy heart about a man whose death she would have mourned more sorrowfully than most.
Gene simmons to perform kiss classics on first solo tour of. Sylvie who was a keynote speaker and panelist in montreal, where the exhibition opened in 2017, and this year in new york city, the first date on the exhibitions international tour will be speaking about leonard at det kongelige bibliotek the royal danish library on december 11th. As i approach the end ill slow down, sad that it has to finish. The conversation will take place on monday, november 6 at 3 p. The life of leonard cohen is a solid biography that anyone looking to learn about cohens life should read. Acclaimed music journalist sylvie simmons crafts a portrait of cohen as nuanced as the man himself, drawing on a wealth of research that includes cohens personal archives and more than a hundred exclusive interviews with those closest to cohenfrom his lovers, friends, monks, professors, rabbis and fellow musicians to his muses, including. Sylvie simmons now owns my tucson home as of yesterday. Renowned music journalist sylvie simmons draws on cohens private archives and a wealth of interviews with many of his closest associates, colleagues, and other artists whose work he has inspired. Essays 2017 fleetwood mac on fleetwood mac 2016 faith. While touring to promote im your man, simmons brought along a ukulele, and would perform a few of cohens songs as she discussed her book and her subjects songwriting.
Sylvie simmons british, ukuleleplaying, awardwinning writer of fiction and nonfiction, leonard cohens biographer and the subject of bbc documentary the rock chick. Sylvie simmons is a londonborn, californiabased music journalist, named as a principal player in paul gormans book on the history of the rock music press in their own write sanctuary publishing, 2001. For that reason, i think my next book, if i ever do one, will be short stories. Facebook gives people the power to share and makes the world more open and connected. Conversation between sylvie simmons and eleanor wachtel. Johnny cashs unearthed box set receives firstever vinyl.
Cohen is a complex man and sylvie simmons has captured every essence of it in her remarkable book. The only time i remember having my way on a book title was my serge gainsbourg biography. Im your man the life of leonard cohen by sylvie simmons. There is a lightness to the writing that avoids getting too bogged down in every word that leonard puts down in a poem or song. Moes books hosts sylvie simmons reading from and discussing her book im your man. The other is a 60page coffee table book incorporating sylvie simmons extensive liner. Taylor will be at the gathering place to discuss her books.
A widely regarded writer and rock historian since the late 1970s, she is one of very few women to be included among the predominantly male. After cohen died, a friend of mine who saw him during that tour wrote we went to see him at the barclay center in brooklyn. Some artists might reach for a grand statement if they were making their first album after nearly four decades as a music journalist, but sylvie simmons is smart enough to know the best thing music can do is touch the heart, and thats just what sylvie does whatever her resume may say, one listen to these songs proves simmons has the. Interviews with joni mitchell 2019 my week beats your year. Leonard cohens extensive and successful recent worldwide tour has demonstrated that his popularity across generations and borders has never been greater. Praise for im your man im your man is the major, soulsearching biography that leonard cohen deserves. Janet maslin, new york times the most comprehensive cohen biography to date. Simmons was born and raised in london, and was fascinated with music from early childhood. As one of the first female journalists to spend months touring with highoctane bands like black sabbath and the clash, simmons paved the.
Sylvie simmons on her leonard cohen biography, the uke. Book the flight, tune my uke not that theyre ever really in tune, thats part of their beauty and report to the field commander for duty. One book holds the nine lps, while the other is a gorgeous 60page coffee table book that incorporates sylvie simmons extensive liner notes, drawn from five days of interviews at cashs home in tennessee, as well as cash and rubins comments on every song on the set, plus a copious selection of photographs from the recording sessions. With the resurgence of his career in the last decade, cohen has been the subject of several new books, but its hard to imagine a better one than that of veteran music journalist simmons neil young. May 29, 2019 blondies debbie harry will release her memoir face it on oct. A widely regarded writer and rock historian since the late 1970s, she is one of very few women to be included among the predominantly male rock elite. Oct 19, 2017 gene simmons has announced he will be returning to australia with his solo band to treat the australian kiss army to a special run of concerts in february 2018. Nov 05, 2014 i couldnt sleep the other night, so i spent an hour at 2am reading sylvie simmons terrific biography of mr cohen, im your man. There were two dates left on the 1970 european tour, both of them festivals, the first in the south of france, the second in the uk the infamous isle of wight.
Sylvie simmons is an awardwinning writer and one of the foremost music journalists working today. After the show, you and your guests will be escorted backstage to meet gene simmons, in makeup. For his sombre new album, you want it darker, cohen sought the sounds of his youth and found himself in a montreal synagogue. Johnny cashs unearthed box set receives firstever vinyl release. Containing exclusive material and interviews, this is the biography to buy on leonard cohen. So, when the biography of rock and roll writer sylvie simmons comes out, what should its title be.
I bought this book hoping to gain an insight into the source of these wonderful. Theres a bit more about my time hanging out with sylvie and recording this podcast in my tour diary entry from my time in san francisco here. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. Sylvie simmons has put together a cleverly balanced book that. Une breche en toute chose a crack in everything, the mac presents a conversation between chantal ringuet, elisabeth domergue and sylvie simmons, author of im your man. I hope you like episode 29 of sweetman podcast, my conversation with the great sylvie simmons, musician and musicwriter.
Tomalin is a terrific writer, and very good on all dickenss novels, but it is the man himself who leaps off the pages of this fine book. Im your man, leonard cohen, random house, sylvie simmons, vintage books. I really liked sylvie simmons book youll get the ultimate biography on cohen if thats what your after. The bbc did a documentary on her called the rock chick. A in 1977 to be a rock writer and, despite the lack of a penis, thats what shes done ever since. An elegant, deeply researched life of the canadian musician, poet and novelist. Oct 08, 2012 moes books hosts sylvie simmons reading from and discussing her book im your man. She is the author of acclaimed fiction and nonfiction books, including the biography serge gainsbourg. Blondies debbie harry announces release date for memoir. A respected veteran rock and roll journalist, sylvie simmons have been authoring music for pretty much four years when she finally stepped ahead like a performer. If your looking for deep insight on his art you might look elsewhere and im not saying its a flaw of the book but a reality because your covering 75 years of a persons life in about 600 pages which you have to say you cant have or do it all. The life of leonard cohen 01 by sylvie simmons isbn. I bought this book hoping to gain an insight into the source of these wonderful songs but definitely gained a whole.
An awardwinning author and renowned rock journalist, since the late seventies, sylvie. The tour, sylvie simmons writes, not only restored leonards lost funds, it improved on them considerably. Bird on a wire, originally titled bird on a wire, is a 1974 documentary that chronicles a troubled 1972 concert tour of europe and israel by the canadian singer and songwriter leonard cohen. Conversation between chantal ringuet, elisabeth domergue and.1299 1285 1160 751 266 429 761 1115 324 1300 895 1068 461 1622 398 1125 239 1040 295 522 572 412 572 268 953 816 424 417 421 678 1392 1251