For the three readers who don’t already know this, I am a huge fan of Sylvie Simmons, author of “I’m Your Man: The Life Of Leonard Cohen,” aka The Definitive Leonard Cohen Biography.1 On August 15, 2020, Sylvie releases her second album, Blue on Blue. And it is a treat.
- DrHGuy Note (First posted July 25, 2018 at Cohencentric): In 2009, I received a message from Sylvie Simmons, who had then convinced various publishers that she would complete a biography of Leonard Cohen in the foreseeable future, complimenting my blog and asking my assistance in her preparation of this biography. And, I knew what that meant. Yep, that’s right – it meant:
Sylvie Simmons was contacting every living Leonard Cohen fan
to solicit help writing her Leonard Cohen biography
Since then, Sylvie not only published that biography (see Sept 18, 2012: “I’m Your Man” By Sylvie Simmons Becomes The Definitive Leonard Cohen Biography), complete with a fulsome acknowledgement of and a couple of footnotes attributed to yours truly but also became a significant feature on Cohencentric. This post, in fact, will be the 142nd Cohencentric entry in which Sylvie Simmons plays a role. From that first email, Sylvie treated me respectfully. She credited my efforts – unlike many, many other media, museum, and music professionals who used my sites as an unrecognized information source and me as an unpaid intern to do their research. Sylvie modeled integrity, ethical journalism and personal honesty; Sylvie always followed through on her promises – even promises she should never have made (e.g., “Come and listen to a story ’bout a man named Len / Up on Mount Baldy he was contemplatin’ Zen” Sylvie Simmons & Heidi Clare Perform “Ballad Of Len” – Leonard Cohen Musical Tribute). She was hard working, skillful, and pretty darn funny. Best of all, Sylvie’s graciousness rivaled that of Leonard’s. She has been what can only be described as bizarrely openhanded in contributing to Cohencentric. Now, some of those contributions fell into the realm of nice but not onerous things to do. She sent me, for example, articles about Leonard Cohen I was otherwise unable to access and a photo of the Caesars Palace marquee promoting Leonard’s 2010 Las Vegas show. She was also, however, incredibly generous with her time, efforts, and storehouse of contacts and information. She put me in touch with and provided character references to photographers, journalists, and musicians I couldn’t otherwise reach. She quickly responded to a bevy of questions I asked. She was – and is – in short, a jewel. [↩]