“‘Jim Morrison was determined to break on through to the other side.’ Leonard Cohen was already there.”

[Leonard] Cohen was never a rock musician but was marketed to the highbrow edge of the rock audience, where he found listeners for his often-mordant poetry of spirit entwined with flesh and the sardonic leavened by the biblical. Gravity always clung to Cohen as he spoke his lyrics, written along the road of excess but with eyes fixed on the rearview mirror of his rabbinical forebears. His younger peer, the aspiring rock poet Jim Morrison, was determined to ‘break on through to the other side.’ Cohen was already there.



David Luhrssen


From Songs of Leonard Cohen – The enduring significance of a great writer By David Luhrssen. Express Milwaukee: March 12, 2013. Photo by Julio Zeppelin.

I am republishing selected posts from my former Leonard Cohen site, Cohencentric, here on AllanShowalter.com (these posts can be found at Leonard Cohen). This entry was originally posted Mar 14, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric.

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