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Published to coincide with Leonard Cohen's exclusive show at London’s The O2 on Friday 21 June 2013. This book contains exclusive material and interviews making it THE biography to buy on Leonard Cohen - singer-songwriter, musician, poet, and novelist.

The definitive biography of the late Leonard Cohen - singer-songwriter, musician, poet, and novelist.

The genius behind such classic songs as Suzanne, So Long, Marianne, Bird on the Wire and Hallelujah, Leonard Cohen has been one of the most important and influential songwriters of our time, a man of spirituality, emotion, and intelligence whose work has explored the definitive issues of human life - sex, religion, power, meaning, love.

I'm Your Man explores the facets of Cohen's life. Renowned music journalist Sylvie Simmons draws on Cohen's private archives and a wealth of interviews with many of his closest associates, colleagues, and other artists whose work he has inspired.

Containing exclusive material and interviews, this is the biography to buy on Leonard Cohen.


Cohen gets the music biography he truly deserves


Simmons’ clear affection for her subject helps to illuminate Cohen’s motivations and working methods and gives an intriguing insight into his singular mind

Sunday Times

The year’s most meticulous, elegant and satisfying rock book


Simmons loves language, hates cliché and takes her time... [she] recreates long-gone incidents with such vigour that you’d swear Simmons was there at the time, sitting in the corner and taking notes


A well-rounded portrait of the poet-singer…his dry wit finds an echo in Simmons’s phrase-making

Financial Times

Magnificently detailed and affectionate

Daily Telegraph

Enthralling, meticulously researched…definitive volume on the guy right at the top of the tower of song


Simmons’ stunning biography leaves you wanting more: more on Cohen, more from Cohen an more music biographis as meticulously researched and engagingly written as this…there is no shortage of Cohen studies out there, now there’s no need for any more

Record Collector

An absorbing and well-rounded biography of the downbeat Canadian troubadour

Sunday Telegraph

Simmons – a music journalist of impeccable pedigree – triumphantly rises to all challenges




A triumph


An authoritative biography

Big Issue in the North

A definitive account of [Leonard Cohen] and his music

RTE Guide

Sylvie Simmons’ account of Cohen’s ascent is as dense, rich and haunting as any admirer, casual or devoted, could desire

Charles Shaar Murray, Literary Review

Brilliant… Buy this book and keep it by your Leonard Cohen albums

Brandon Robshaw, Independent

A n excellent biography, easy to read and highly enjoyable. It is at times deeply revealing, as Simmons aims for the core of Leonard Cohen’s being, using various biographical details to sculpt the whole. It is highly recommended, both for those who are new to his work and long-term lovers, and more generally to fans of music biography

Brendan Wright, Nudge

My biggest treat this year was I’m Your Man, Sylvie Simmons’ biography of Leonard Cohen


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Formats & editions

  • Paperback


    May 1, 2013


    560 pages

    RRP $24.99

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  • EBook


    November 1, 2012

    Vintage Digital

    560 pages

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