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Leonard Cohen

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February 26, 2009 Hear the brilliant poet and songwriter, recorded live at the Beacon Theatre in Manhattan.

Studio Sessions

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November 20, 2012 Music journalist Sylvie Simmons recently wrote a biography of the iconic singer and poet.

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Simone Dinnerstein, at NPR's Studio 4A, plays The Cohen Variations, a new piece based on Leonard Cohen's song "Suzanne."

February 14, 2012 Pianist Simone Dinnerstein drops by to perform new variations on the iconic song "Suzanne."

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Interviews & Profiles

In 1994, a cover by the late Jeff Buckley helped save "Hallelujah" from musical obscurity.

December 2, 2012 Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" is a popular power anthem now, but almost never saw light of day.

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It's natural for Leonard Cohen to think a lot about mortality near the end of his life, but Ron Sexsmith says Cohen has never sung about "frivolous things."

February 17, 2012 Songwriter Ron Sexsmith says that Leonard Cohen has never sung about "frivolous things."

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Leonard Cohen at Joe's Pub in New York City. Performing live after years away from the stage "warmed some part of my heart that had taken on a chill," he says.

January 25, 2012 The iconic singer/songwriter shares stories about life and the songs on his new album, Old Ideas.

Pianist Simone Dinnerstein has a passion for rhythmically free musical lines.

April 13, 2011 Hear the pianist pick favorite recordings, from Lorraine Hunt Lieberson to Leonard Cohen.

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April 3, 2009 The singer, currently on a long-awaited tour, talks about his poetry, songwriting and meditation.

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April 9, 1986 The itinerant troubadour, composer and performer discusses his new album, I'm Your Man.

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April 29, 1986 Poet, singer and songwriter Leonard Cohen talks about his own brand of folk-rock art music.

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Discover Songs

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March 23, 2009 Hear the singer's new album, Live in London, in its entirety.

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March 2, 2009 The new Mix on All Songs Considered features U2, Leonard Cohen, Tom Jones, More.

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June 29, 2006 The editors of Paste magazine wondered: who are the best living songwriters around. They gathere...

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September 21, 2004 Bob Boilen speaks with All Things Considered music reviewers Will Hermes, Tom Moon and Meredith ...

December 1, 2001 On this edition of All Songs Considered: Secret messages from Bach; The imaginary world of Bjork...

Reviews

Baroque harpist Giovanna Pessi (left) and singer Susanna Wallumrød mix songs by Henry Purcell, Nick Drake and Leonard Cohen.

February 7, 2012 Odd bedfellows perhaps, but each is adept at creating claustrophobic spaces of melancholy.

Leonard Cohen.

January 31, 2012 Cohen has just released his first album of new material in eight years, titled Old Ideas.

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March 2, 2009 The new Mix on All Songs Considered features U2, Leonard Cohen, Tom Jones, More.

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More Stories

Guatemalan author Eduardo Halfon's most recent book, The Polish Boxer, mesmerized us.

May 10, 2013 This week on Alt.Latino, Guatemalan author Eduardo Halfon discusses his latest book.

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Why are your musical tastes a reflection of you?

August 9, 2012 More than ever, music matters to us — a lot. But why do we like what we like?

Covers of albums on NPR Music's 25 Favorite Albums Of 2012 (So Far) list.

June 25, 2012 Highlights from the first half of 2012 include albums from Jack White, Usher and Alabama Shakes.

 Clockwise from upper left: Leonard Cohen, Lou Reed, The Mountain Goats, Suzanne Vega.

April 3, 2012 Hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton debate the polarizing and hard-to-define art of "speak-singing."

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Leonard Cohen's new album, Old Ideas, comes out Jan. 31.

January 22, 2012 Old Ideas, out Jan. 31, contemplates mortality in the bitter light of failed romance.

Clockwise from bottom left: Gotye, White Rabbits, Jana Hunter from Lower Dens, Leonard Cohen.

January 17, 2012 All Songs celebrates Robin Hilton's return with its first episode of all-new music this year.

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opening the mailbox

November 25, 2010 From Austin's KUT, hear 10 songs about writing and receiving that 20th-century relic: the letter.

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Dear Heather

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Old Ideas

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If Grief Could Wait

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Bach: Cantatas BWV 82 and 199

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The Schubert Album

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Dear Heather

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Ten New Songs

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I'm Your Man

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