Lou Reed (The Velvet Underground)
Lou Reed Inducts Leonard CohenLou Reed Inducts Leonard Cohen at the 2008 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
Lou Reed Inducts Leonard Cohen00:08:10
Leonard Cohen Acceptance Speech00:04:27
Hall of Fame Essay
I always experience myself as falling apart, and I’m taking emergency measures,” Leonard Cohen said fifteen years ago. “It’s coming apart at every moment. I try Prozac. I try love. I try drugs. I try Zen meditation. I try the monastery. I try forgetting about all those strategies and going straight. And the place where the evaluation happens is where I write the songs, when I get to that place where I can’t be dishonest about what I’ve been doing.”
For four decades, Cohen has been a model of gut-wrenching emotional honesty. He is, without question, one of the most important and influential songwriters of our time, a figure whose body of work achieves greater depths of mystery and meaning as time goes on.
We’re so lucky to be alive at the same time Leonard Cohen is.
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