Leonard Norman Cohen was born September 21, 1934 in Westmount, Quebec. While talented as a songwriter, singer, musician, poet and novelist, h singer-songwriter, musician, poet and novelist, his work often explores religion, isolation, sexuality and interpersonal relationships.
Cohen started Westmount High School in 1948 and was active in the Student Council as he studied music and poetry. He became entranced by the poetry of Federico Garcia Lorca and learned to play the guitar. Forming a country-folk group called “Buckskin Boys, he initially plated a standard acoustic guitar and then switched to a classical guitar after meeting a Spanish flamenco player.
Political and social justice themes recur in Cohen’s work as well. He acknowledges political problems and celebrates the hope of refermers in “Democracy”.
“From the wars against disorder/ from the sirens night and day/ from the fires of the homeless/ and the ashes of the gay/ Democracy is coming.”
His newest album, “Old Ideas” is scheduled for release January 31, 2012.
Jerry Nelson is a nationally recognized photojournalist. His work has appeared in many national, regional and local publications including CNN, USAToday, Upsurge, Earthwalkers and Associated Content and he is a regular contributor to Huffington Post as well as OpEdNews. Nelson travels the country seeking out the people, places and things that make America unique and great. Nelson currently is in Washington D.C. pointing his camera at OccupyDC and freelancing for The Washington Times the second largest paper in the nation’s capital.
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