Saturday 24 June 2017

So long, Leonard: Death of a ladies' man and poet

Veteran singer accepted his impending death with a wry smile, says Ed Power

Leonard Cohen, the storied musician and poet hailed as one of the most visionary artists of his generation, has died at age 82. Photo: Getty Images
Leonard Cohen, the storied musician and poet hailed as one of the most visionary artists of his generation, has died at age 82. Photo: Getty Images
Ed Power

Ed Power

Leonard Cohen, who has died aged 82, lived, loved and lost with remarkable passion, yet rock music's great laureate seemed always to exist slightly outside the drama of his own music.

His songs could be keening and tumultuous. He, however, was rumpled and inscrutable, an enigma in a dark suit.

"Leonard has a sort of stillness to his character," his backing singer Hattie Webb told me ahead of his concert in Ireland in 2010.

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