2016 is squeezing out more shit news until the very end (or until every one of us launches ourselves off of this planet. Either or.) Fuck this year, officially.
The legendary Canadian poet, singer, songwriter and Buddhist monk (for real) Leonard Cohen died today at the age of 82. His cause of death hasn’t been released yet. The news was announced on his Facebook page tonight:
It is with profound sorrow we report that legendary poet, songwriter and artist, Leonard Cohen has passed away.
We have lost one of music’s most revered and prolific visionaries.
A memorial will take place in Los Angeles at a later date. The family requests privacy during their time of grief.
Rolling Stone says that after graduating from McGill University, Leonard moved to the Greek island of Hydra where he wrote and published several books of poetry including Beautiful Losers (aka the book that some of us read out loud in high school while lying on the carpet and passing a cigarette with friends). His songwriting career was born in 1966 when he visited NYC and met Judy Collins, who recorded two of his songs for her album. He wrote more songs Judy and also songs for Willie Nelson and James Taylor before singing his own stuff.
In his musical career, which lasted nearly 50 years, he released just 14 studio albums. That seems like nothing since nowadays, pop tricks burp up an album every 12 months. His last album You Want It Darker came out this year. When it was released, Leonard did an interview with the New Yorker and said that he was in a bad way health-wise. Most know Leonard Cohen from his song Hallelujah. It came out in 1984 and has been covered by absolutely every single person who has ever sung a musical note. Hallelujah is definitely his most famous song, but I’m going to leave you with one of my favorites.
Rest in peace, Leonard Cohen.