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Leonard Cohen

1934

Leonard Cohen is born in Montreal, Canada.

1956

Let Us Compare Mythologies, Leonard Cohen’s first book of poetry, is published in Canada as part of the McGill Poetry Series.

1966

Beautiful Losers, Leonard Cohen’s second novel, is published.

1967

Songs of Leonard Cohen, the poet/novelist’s debut as a singer-songwriter, is released. It contains “Suzanne” and “Sisters of Mercy,” among his best-known songs.

1969

Songs from a Room, Leonard Cohen’s second album, is issued. From it comes “Bird on the Wire” and other favorites.

1971

Songs of Love and Hate, Leonard Cohen’s third album, is released. It is highlighted by “Famous Blue Raincoat” and “Joan of Arc.”

1974

New Skin for the Old Ceremony, Leonard Cohen’s fourth album of original material, is released. Its original cover is banned in the U.S.

1977

Leonard Cohen’s Death of a Ladies’ Man –a Phil Spector production – is released. It will be followed by Cohen’s book Death of a Lady’s Man.

1979

Leonard Cohen’s Recent Songs, is released. The Songs of Leonard Cohen, a documentary, is filmed in Canada and Europe the same year.

1984

Various Positions, Leonard Cohen’s is released abroad. PVC Records issues it in the U.S. two months later after his label, Columbia Records, passes on it.

1987

Jennifer Warnes, who has sung backup with Leonard Cohen as Jennifer Warren, issues Famous Blue Raincoat, an album of covers from Cohen’s songbook.

1989

Songs of Leonard Cohen, the singer/poet’s 1967 debut, is certified gold by the RIAA.

1990

I’m Your Man, by Leonard Cohen, is released. Arguably the poet-singer’s best album since his first, it includes “Tower of Song” and “Everybody Knows.”

1991

The Leonard Cohen tribute album I’m Your Fan is released. It includes cover versions by R.E.M., the Pixies and other indie-rock acts.

1992

Leonard Cohen releases The Future, a dyspeptic album reflecting a mental state that inspires a five-year retreat.

1993

Stranger Music

1995

Tower of Song

2001

Leonard Cohen releases Ten New Songs, his tenth studio album, his first new album in nine years, and his first to chart in the U.S. since 1973’s Live Songs.

2002

The Essential Leonard Cohen, a double-disc retrospective compiled by the artist, is released.

2004

Judy Collins, whose recordings of Leonard Cohen’s songs introduced the world to the singer/poet in the late Sixties, releases Democracy

2004

Dear Heather, Leonard Cohen’s second studio album of the new millennium and the 11th of his career, is released shortly after the artist turns 70.

2005

Leonard Cohen – I’m Your Man, premieres at the Toronto Film Festival. The documentary includes tribute-concert footage from Sydney, Australia.

2007

Leonard Cohen’s first three albums – Songs of Leonard Cohen, Songs from a Room and Songs of Love and Hate – are reissued in expanded editions to mark his 40th anniversary as a recording artist.

2007

Composer Philip Glass’ Book of Longing – a double-disc song cycle based on the poetry and images of Leonard Cohen – is released on the Orange Mountain Music label.

2008

Leonard Cohen is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the 23rd annual induction dinner. Lou Reed is the presenter.