California Writers Club: Sylvie Simmons - I'm Your Man
05/18/2014 4:00 pm
I’m Your Man ($16.99) is the definitive account of Leonard Cohen, one of the most important and influential artists of our era, a man of powerful emotion and intelligence whose work has explored the definitive issues of human life. Acclaimed music journalist Sylvie Simmons crafts a portrait of Cohen as nuanced as the man himself, drawing on a wealth of research that includes Cohen’s personal archives and more than a hundred exclusive interviews with those closest to him—from his lovers, friends, monks, professors, rabbis and fellow musicians to his muses, including Rebecca De Mornay, Marianne Ihlen, Suzanne Elrod and Suzanne Verdal—and most important, with Cohen himself.
From his hometown of Montreal to London and the Greek island of Hydra, New York in the sixties to his remarkable retreat to a monastary in Los Angeles in the mid-nineties, his extraordinary comback and continued relevance today, Simmons navigates Cohen’s journey and explores every complex, contradictory strand of his life and his influence. I'm Your Man is a deeply insightful portrait of both the artist and the man of extraordinary vision, spirit, depth and talent.
Sylvie Simmons is an award-winning writer and one of the foremost music journalists working today. Born in London, she moved to Los Angeles in the late seventies and started writing about rock music for magazines such as Sounds, Creem, Kerrang! and Q. She is the author of acclaimed fiction and nonfiction books, including the biography Serge Gainsbourg: A Fistful of Gitanes and the short-story collection Too Weird for Ziggy. She lives in San Francisco, California, where she writes for MOJO magazine and plays the ukulele.
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