British music journalist Sylvie Simmons
will appear at Haight Street's The Booksmith
on Wednesday, September 12th
to talk about her new book I'm Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen
Based on a wealth of research, including exclusive interviews with Cohen himself, I'm Your Man
is the definitive work on Leonard Cohen
’s life and career. Simmons also spoke to over a hundred key figures in Cohen’s life -- among them Cohen’s main muses: the women in his life, close childhood friends, producers and artists who have worked on his albums, and contemporary artists that have worked with Cohen or have been influenced by his work (such as David Crosby
, Philip Glass
, Judy Collins
, Rufus Wainwright
, Jackson Browne
, and many more).
Starting in Montreal, Cohen's birthplace and where he first found fame as a poet in the fifties, I'm Your Man follows his trail via London and the Greek island of Hydra to New York in the sixties, where Cohen launched his career in music. From there, it traces the arc of his prodigious achievements to his remarkable retreat when, in the mid-nineties 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. He returned to find his bank accounts bled dry and was forced back onto the road at age seventy-three for a wildly successful three-year world tour.