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

Watch Dozens Of Covers Later, 'Hallelujah' Endures

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


Leonard Cohen.

Read Leonard Cohen On World Cafe WXPN

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


Why are your musical tastes a reflection of you?

Watch You Are What You Hear: What Your Favorite Music Says About You

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

Read NPR Music's 25 Favorite Albums Of 2012 (So Far)

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.

Read The Speak-Singing Debate: Just Sing The Damn Song!

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


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."

Read Conor Oberst, Ron Sexsmith Pay Tribute To Leonard Cohen

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


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

Watch A New Twist On A Leonard Cohen Classic

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


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

Read Purcell, Drake And Cohen: Songwriters On Equal Footing

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

Leonard Cohen.

Listen Leonard Cohen's 'Old Ideas' Inspire Confidence

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


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.

Read Leonard Cohen In New York

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

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

Read First Listen: Leonard Cohen, 'Old Ideas'

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.

Read New Music From From Lower Dens, Lambchop, Leonard Cohen And More

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


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

Listen Guest DJ: Simone Dinnerstein

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


opening the mailbox

Read Songs We Love: Going Postal KUT

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

Listen Leonard Cohen: Zen And The Art Of Songwriting

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


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