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The legend behind such songs as “Suzanne,” “Bird on the Wire” and “Hallelujah” and the poet and novelist behind such groundbreaking literary works as Beautiful Losers and Book of Mercy, Leonard Cohen is 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, sex, religion, power, meaning, love. Cohen is also a man of complexities and seeming contradictions: a devout Jew, who is also a sophisticate and ladies’ man, as well as an ordained Buddhist monk whose name, Jikan (meaning “ordinary silence”) is quite the appellation for a writer and singer whose life has been anything but ordinary.

I’m Your Man is the definitive account of that extraordinary 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 Cohen, 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, whose presence infuses these pages.

Starting in Montreal, Cohen’s birthplace, wherde he first found fame as a poet in the fifties, Simmons follows his trail, via London and the Greek island of Hydra, to New York in the sixties, where he launched his music career. From there she traces the arc of his prodigious achievements to his remarkable retreat in the mid-nineties, when on the cusp of marriage to a beautiful actress and enjoying the success of his best-selling album to date, he entered a monastery on a rocky mountaintop above Los Angeles, and finally to his reemergence for a sold-out world tour almost fifteen years later. Whether navigating Cohen’s journeys through the back streets of Mumbai or the countless hotel rooms where he has stayed along the way, Simmons explores with equal focus every complex, contradictory strand of Cohen’s life, from the halls of academia to the arenas of rock ‘n’ roll, and presents a deeply insightful portrait of both the artist and the man whose vision, spirit, depth, and talent continue to move people like no one else.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A mesmerizing labor of love.”

    New York Times

  • “A new gold standard of Cohen bios.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “This is the bio Cohen has long deserved, and it makes every prior Cohen book practically unnecessary.”

    Rolling Stone

  • “A deep, enlightening book…Simmons, a music journalist and short-story writer, knows how to research and write and keep a critical distance from Cohen, who opens up some but uses his usual weapons, politeness and self-deprecation, to maintain an air of mystery.”

  • “A vibrant and enthusiastic chronicle…Carefully weaving the threads of all of his songs and albums through the patterns of his life, Simmons craftily explores the themes that regularly mark Cohen’s work: desire, regret, suffering, love, hope, and hamming it up.” 

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “A must for anyone interested in one of the most influential songwriters of our time.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • One of the 2012 Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books: Biographies
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

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About the Author

Sylvie Simmons is a London-born, San Francisco based music journalist, named as a “principal player” in Paul Gorman’s book on the history of the rock music press In Their Own Write. A widely regarded writer and rock historian, she is one of very few women to be included among the predominantly male rock elite. She is also the author of a number of books, including biography and cult fiction.