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Tom Petty greatest hits


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Thomas Earl Petty è nato a Gainesville, in Florida, e non aveva nessuna aspirazione musicale finché Elvis Presley non visitò la sua città natale. Dopo aver fatto parte di alcune band come The Sundowners, The Epics, e Mudcrutch (di cui facevano parte i futuri membri degli Heartbreakers Mike Campbell e Benmont Tench) inizia la sua carriera discografica come Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, quando la band irrompe nella scena musicale nel 1976 con l’album omonimo di debutto. La canzoneBreakdown, pubblicata come singolo, entra nella Top 40 nel 1977.

Il secondo album You’re Gonna Get It! uscito nel 1978 conferma le buone musicalità dell’album di debutto, ma i singoli tratti da questo album (Listen To Her Heart e I Need To Know non ripetono il successo di Breakdown. Petty stesso racconta che in quel periodo erano considerati troppo hard per gli amanti del mainstream e troppo soft per i punk.

Nel periodo successivo la sua casa discografica fallisce, scatenando l’apertura di una causa giudiziaria con la nuova per la proprietà dei diritti d’autore delle sue canzoni. Petty finanzierà le spese della causa con un nuovo tour chiamato appunto Lawsuite Tour. In questo stato precario nasce il suo album di maggior successo, Damn the Torpedoes, che raggiunge negli USA il triplo platino. L’album successivo, Hard Promises, ottiene un buon giudizio di critica, ma un minor successo di pubblico, risultando tuttavia un buon lavoro.

Sul suo quinto album Long After Dark (1982), il bassista Ron Blair è sostituito da Howie Epstein, che completa la line-up degli Heartbreakers. Petty in quel periodo ha problemi di stress dovuto al successo e si prende un periodo di pausa dalle scene.

Con il suo album del ritorno Southern Accents (1985) Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers ricominciano lì da dove avevano interrotto. Secondo il progetto iniziale il disco doveva essere doppio, avendo una parte più acustica dedicata alla riscoperta del sud degli Stati Uniti e una parte più sperimentale alla quale collabora Dave Stewart. Durante le registrazioni si verificano problemi e Petty a, causa della frustrazione, si frattura la mano sinistra, tirando un pugno contro il muro. Per questo incidente l’artista non potrà suonare la chitarra per circa otto mesi e questo farà tramontare del tutto l’idea dell’album doppio. Il singolo tratto dall’album èDon’t Come Around Here No More prodotto da Dave Stewart, il video della canzone vede Tom vestito come il Cappellaio Matto dal libro Alice nel Paese delle Meraviglie.

Il tour è un successo, e verrà documentato sull’album Pack Up The Plantation: Live! (1986). Le capacità live della band vengono ulteriormente confermate quando Bob Dylan invita Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers a unirsi a lui durante il True Confessions Tour attraverso USA, Australia, Giappone nel (1986) ed Europa nel (1987).

Durante il 1987, il gruppo incide anche l’album Let Me Up (I’ve Had Enough), un album in studio che presenta sonorità assimilabili a quelle di un album dal vivo, registrato utilizzando tecniche prese in prestito da Bob Dylan. L’album include Jammin’ Me, che Petty scrive con Dylan.

Prima di Full Moon Fever, Lynne e Petty lavorano insieme nella all-stars band Traveling Wilburys, nella quale sono presenti anche Bob Dylan, George Harrison e Roy Orbison.[1] I Traveling Wilburys nascono per gioco per registrare il lato B di un singolo di George Harrison, ma Handle with Care, la canzone che ne viene fuori, è considerata troppo valida per essere relegata sul lato B di un singolo e infatti ha un tale successo che i membri decidono di registrare un intero album. Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1 esce nel 1988 ma pochi mesi dopo la morte improvvisa di Roy Orbison fa calare un’ombra sul successo dell’album, visto anche che Del Shannon, con il quale il gruppo avrebbe intenzione di sostituirlo, si suicida. Nonostante ciò un secondo album, curiosamente chiamato Traveling Wilburys Vol. 3 segue nel 1990.

Nel 1989, Petty registra Full Moon Fever, solo nominalmente un progetto solista, infatti altri membri degli Heartbreakers e altri musicisti famosi partecipano alla produzione. Mike Campbell co-produce l’album con Petty e Jeff Lynne. Il disco raggiunge la Top Ten della rivista Billboard e vi rimane per più di 34 settimane, raggiungendo il triplo disco di platino, insieme ai singoli I Won’t Back Down, Free Fallin’ e Runnin’ Down A Dream.

Petty si riunisce con gli Heartbreakers per l’album successivo, Into the Great Wide Open nel 1991. È prodotto di nuovo da Jeff Lynne e include i singoli Learning to Fly e la title-track Into the Great Wide Open, che vede gli attori Johnny Depp, Gabrielle Anwar e Faye Dunaway nel video.

Nel 1994, Petty registra il suo secondo album solista, Wildflowers prodotto da Rick Rubin, che include i singoli You Don’t Know How It Feels, You Wreck Me, It’s Good to Be King, A Higher Place e Honey Bee. Petty considera questo uno dei suoi album più riusciti, parere condiviso anche dalla critica.

Due anni dopo 1996 realizza la colonna sonora del film Il senso dell’amore del regista Edward Burns. Nominato direttore artistico del progetto, non riusce però a trovare nessun altro musicista disposto a fornirgli brani validi e decide quindi di usare insieme alle canzoni nuove composte per l’occasione, anche brani non usati nel disco precedente.

Dovranno passare ancora tre anni, periodo travagliato del divorzio dalla prima moglie, prima che esca il successivo album in studio Echo, con cui Petty ottiene un buon successo soprattutto negli USA. Nonostante in questo periodo conosca Dana, quella che diventerà la sua seconda moglie, l’album ha testi molto tristi e sofferti.

Dopo che nel 2000 esce un’altra antologia in doppio CD, nel 2002 esce The Last DJ, in cui parte dei testi esprimono una critica all’industria discografica, che a suo parere schiaccia la vera arte per cercare solo l’utile economico. La critica musicale non è tenera e giudica l’album il peggiore in assoluto della sua carriera, giudizio senz’altro severo visto che il disco benché sia distante dai picchi della sua produzione, resta un disco ascoltabile con qualche pezzo discreto. L’artista stesso si stupirà di come tutte le critiche siano rivolte ai testi senza nessun accenno alla qualità delle canzoni.

Il 24 luglio 2006 è uscito Highway Companion, nuovo album solista dell’artista, realizzato nuovamente con Jeff Lynne e il fido Mike Campbell.[2] L’album prodotto come l’album solista Wildflower del 1994 da Rick Rubin, è il primo inciso per la American Recordings, etichetta del produttore stesso, che fa parte della Warner con la quale Tom Petty incide da più di dieci anni. Si tratta di un album certamente migliore da un punto di vista musicale rispetto al precedente anche se certi capolavori sembrano oramai irripetibili. 

Nella primavera del 2008 Tom Petty riunisce la sua prima band, i Mudcrutch, con cui non aveva mai inciso alcun disco e pubblica l’album Mudcrutch, che stilisticamente non si discosta troppo dalle sue recenti produzioni.

Nel giugno 2010 Petty pubblica, nuovamente con gli Heartbrakers, l’album Mojo, seguito nel luglio 2014 da Hypnotic Eye.

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Thomas EarlTomPetty (born October 20, 1950) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer. He is best known as the lead vocalist of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, but is also known as a member and co-founder of the late 1980s supergroup the Traveling Wilburys (under the pseudonymsof Charlie T. Wilbury, Jr. and Muddy Wilbury) and Mudcrutch.

He has recorded a number of hit singles with the Heartbreakers and as a solo artist, many of which remain heavily played on adult contemporary and classic rock radio. His music has been classified as rock and roll, heartland rock and even stoner rock. His music, and notably his hits, have become popular among younger generations as he continues to host sold-out shows.[1] Throughout his career, Petty has sold more than 80 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time.[2] In 2002, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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The Band – The Last Waltz (full album)


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The Band è stato uno storico gruppo rock canadese, formatosi nel 1967 a Toronto e scioltosi nel 1976 per poi riformarsi nel 1983 fino al 1999.
I componenti, tutti musicisti di grande levatura, erano: Robbie Robertson (chitarra, pianoforte); Richard Manuel (pianoforte, armonica a bocca, sassofono, batteria, voce);Garth Hudson (tastiere, sintetizzatore, fisarmonica, sassofono); Rick Danko (basso, violino, voce) e Levon Helm (unico statunitense, batteria, cordofoni e voce).[1]

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The Band was a Canadian-American roots rock group that originally consisted of Rick Danko (bass guitar, double bass, fiddle, trombone, vocals), Levon Helm (drums, mandolin, guitar, vocals), Garth Hudson (keyboard instruments, saxophones, trumpet), Richard Manuel (piano, drums, baritone saxophone, vocals) and Robbie Robertson (guitar, vocals). The members of the Band first came together as they joined rockabilly singer Ronnie Hawkins‘ backing group The Hawks one by one between 1958 and 1963.

In 1964, they separated from Hawkins, after which they toured and released a few singles as Levon and the Hawks and the Canadian Squires. The next year, Bob Dylan hired them for his U.S. tour in 1965 and world tour in 1966.[1] Following the 1966 tour, the group moved with Dylan to Saugerties, New York, where they made the informal 1967 recordings that became The Basement Tapes, which forged the basis for their 1968 debut album Music from Big Pink. Because they were always “the band” to various frontmen, Helm said the name “the Band” worked well when the group came into its own.[2][a] The group began performing officially as the Band in 1968, and went on to release ten studio albums. Dylan continued to collaborate with the Band over the course of their career, including a joint 1974 tour.

The original configuration of the Band ended its touring career in 1976 with an elaborate live ballroom performance featuring numerous musical celebrities. This performance was immortalized in Martin Scorsese‘s 1978 documentary The Last Waltz. The Band recommenced touring in 1983 without guitarist Robbie Robertson, who had found success with a solo career and as a Hollywood music producer. Following a 1986 show, Richard Manuel was found dead of suicide, but the remaining three members continued to tour and record albums with a revolving door of musicians filling Manuel’s and Robertson’s respective roles, before finally settling on Richard Bell,Randy Ciarlante, and Jim Weider. Danko died of heart failure in 1999, after which the group broke up for good. Levon Helm was diagnosed with throat cancer in 1998, and after a series of treatments was able to regain use of his voice. He continued to perform and released several successful albums until he succumbed to the disease in 2012.

The group was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1989 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994.[4][5] In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked them No. 50 on their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time,[6] and in 2008, they received the Grammy‘s Lifetime Achievement Award.[7] In 2004, “The Weight” was ranked the 41st best song of all time in Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time list.[8]

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Joni Mitchell from Albums


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Joni Mitchell, nome d’arte di Roberta Joan Anderson (Fort Macleod, 7 novembre 1943), è una cantautrice e pittrice canadese.

Dopo una gavetta tra café canadesi e locali statunitensi nei quali germogliava e veniva alla luce una nuova generazione di musicisti folk, Joni Mitchell ottenne il successo commerciale alla fine degli anni ’60, definendo uno stile che farà epoca e sarà fonte d’ispirazione per tutte le cantautrici dei decenni successivi.[1][2] Il suo impatto sul cantautorato al femminile, di cui è considerata la vera capostipite, è paragonabile a quello di artisti come Bob Dylan, Neil Young o Eric Andersen su quello dei colleghi uomini.[3][4] Col passare del tempo, il folk verrà sempre più relegato al passato per dar spazio a nuove sonorità vicine al blues e aljazz che la porteranno a collaborazioni prestigiose con artisti del calibro di Metheny, Pastorius, Hancock, Brecker e Mingus.[1]

Joni Mitchell non è solo nota per la sua musica sofisticata e i suoi testi estremamente ricercati e poetici, ma anche per la sua passione e talento per le arti pittoriche. È lei stessa infatti a dire: “Sono prima di tutto una pittrice, poi una musicista…”. Cura personalmente la grafica e le copertine dei propri album, utilizzando la maggior parte delle volte quadri ma spesso anche elaborazioni fotografiche.

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Roberta Joan “Joni” Mitchell, CC (née Anderson; born November 7, 1943) is a Canadian singer-songwriter and painter.[1] Mitchell began singing in small nightclubs inSaskatchewan and Western Canada and then busking in the streets and dives of Toronto. In 1965, she moved to the United States and began touring. Some of her original songs (“Urge for Going”, “Chelsea Morning“, “Both Sides, Now“, “The Circle Game”) were covered by folk singers, allowing her to sign with Reprise Records and record her own debut album in 1968.[2]

Settling in Southern California, Mitchell, with popular songs like “Big Yellow Taxi” and “Woodstock“, helped define an era and a generation. Her 1971 recording Blue was rated the 30th best album ever made in Rolling Stone‘s list of the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time“.[3] Mitchell switched labels and began moving toward jazz rhythms by way of lush pop textures on 1974’s Court and Spark, her best-selling LP, featuring the radio hits “Help Me” and “Free Man in Paris“.[4]

Her wide-ranging contralto[5] vocals and distinctive open-tuned guitar and piano compositions grew more harmonically and rhythmically complex as she explored jazz, melding it with influences of rock and roll, R&B, classical music, and non-western beats. In the late 1970s, she began working closely with noted jazz musicians, among them Jaco Pastorius, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Pat Metheny, and Charles Mingus; the latter asked her to collaborate on his final recordings.[6] She turned again toward pop, embraced electronic music, and engaged in political protest.

She is the sole record producer credited on most of her albums, including all her work in the 1970s. With roots in visual art, she has designed her own album artwork throughout her career. A blunt critic of the music industry, she quit touring and released her 17th, and reportedly last, album of original songs in 2007. She describes herself as a “painter derailed by circumstance”.[7]

Mitchell has deeply influenced fellow musicians in a diverse range of genres, and her work is highly respected by critics. AllMusic said, “When the dust settles, Joni Mitchell may stand as the most important and influential female recording artist of the late 20th century”,[8] and Rolling Stone called her “one of the greatest songwriters ever”.[9] Her lyrics are noted for their developed poetics, addressing social and environmental ideals alongside personal feelings of romantic longing, confusion, disillusion, and joy.

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Peter Gabriel – Full Concert – 08/14/94 – Woodstock 94 (OFFICIAL)ę


Peter Brian Gabriel (Chobham, 13 febbraio 1950) è un cantante, polistrumentista, compositore, produttore discografico e attivista britannico.

Dopo aver raggiunto il successo nel celebre gruppo progressive rock dei Genesis come cantante, flautista e percussionista, ha intrapreso una carriera solista di successo sperimentando numerosi linguaggi musicali.[1] Recentemente è stato impegnato nella promozione della world music, nella ricerca di moderne tecniche di incisione e nello studio di nuovi metodi di distribuzione della musica online. È anche noto per il suo costante impegno umanitario.

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Peter Brian Gabriel (born 13 February 1950) is an English singer-songwriter, musician and humanitarian activist who rose to fame as the original lead singer and flautistof the progressive rock band Genesis.[2] After leaving Genesis, Gabriel went on to a successful solo career, with “Solsbury Hill” his first single. His 1986 album, So, is his most commercially successful, and is certified triple platinum in the UK and five times platinum in the U.S.[3][4] The album’s biggest hit, “Sledgehammer“, won a record nine MTV Awards at the 1987 MTV Video Music Awards, and it remains the most played music video in the history of MTV.[5]

Gabriel has been a champion of world music for much of his career. He co-founded the WOMAD festival in 1982.[6] He has continued to focus on producing and promoting world music through his Real World Records label. He has also pioneered digital distribution methods for music, co-founding OD2, one of the first online music download services.[7] Gabriel has been involved in numerous humanitarian efforts. In 1980, he released the anti-apartheid single “Biko“.[6] He has participated in several human rights benefit concerts, including Amnesty International‘s Human Rights Now! tour in 1988, and co-founded the WITNESS human rights organisation in 1992.[6]Gabriel developed The Elders with Richard Branson, which was launched by Nelson Mandela in 2007.[8]

Gabriel has won three Brit Awards—winning Best British Male in 1987,[9] six Grammy Awards,[10] thirteen MTV Video Music Awards, the first Pioneer Award at the BT Digital Music Awards,[11] the Q magazine Lifetime Achievement,[12] the Ivor Novello Award for Lifetime Achievement,[13] and the Polar Music Prize.[14] He was made a BMIIcon at the 57th annual BMI London Awards for his “influence on generations of music makers”.[15] In recognition of his many years of human rights activism, he received the Man of Peace award from the Nobel Peace Prize Laureates,[16] and TIME magazine named Gabriel one of the 100 most influential people in the world.[17] AllMusichas described Gabriel as “one of rock’s most ambitious, innovative musicians, as well as one of its most political”.[18] He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fameas a member of Genesis in 2010,[19] followed by his induction as a solo artist in 2014.[20]

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The Byrds – Fifth Dimension (Full Album)


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The Byrds sono stati un gruppo musicale statunitense, formatosi in California nei primi anni sessanta.

Mossero i primi passi suonando in piccoli locali della costa occidentale degli Stati Uniti raggiungendo presto una certa notorietà, grazie soprattutto alla fortunata rilettura della dylaniana Mr Tambourine Man, brano che ha contribuito in maniera significativa alla nascita e alla divulgazione del folk rock.[1] Caratteristica fondamentale del loro sound era il pionieristico utilizzo della chitarra Rickenbacker a 12 corde, denominato jingle-jangle.[2]

La band ha poi abbracciato generi musicali via via differenti, dal rock psichedelico al country rock, arrivando a coniare nuovi stili come il raga rock (il rock influenzato dallearmonie indiane) o lo space rock.[3]

Del gruppo dei Byrds hanno originariamente fatto parte musicisti che, nel corso degli anni, hanno poi goduto di successo come solisti o internamente ad altre band.[4]

I cinque Byrds co-fondatori del gruppo sono stati: Jim McGuinn – che nel 1966 ha adottato il nome di Roger McGuinn (chitarra Rickenbacker a 12 corde e voce) – il cantante e chitarrista David Crosby, Gene Clark (autore di molti brani, voce, chitarra, tamburello e percussioni, morto nel 1991), Chris Hillman (basso, chitarra, mandolino) e Michael Clarke (batteria, percussioni, deceduto nel 1992).

Nel 1991 sono stati introdotti nella Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.[5] La rivista Rolling Stone li ha classificati al quarantacinquesimo posto tra i cinquanta migliori artisti rock di sempre.[6]

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The Byrds /ˈbɜrdz/ were an American rock band, formed in Los Angeles, California in 1964.[1] The band underwent multiple line-up changes throughout its existence, with frontman Roger McGuinn (known as Jim McGuinn until mid-1967) remaining the sole consistent member, until the group disbanded in 1973.[2] Although they only managed to attain the huge commercial success of contemporaries like the Beatles, the Beach Boys, and the Rolling Stones for a short period (1965–66), the Byrds are today considered by critics to be one of the most influential bands of the 1960s.[1] Initially, they pioneered the musical genre of folk rock, melding the influence of the Beatles and other British Invasion bands with contemporary and traditional folk music.[3] As the 1960s progressed, the band was also influential in originating psychedelic rock, raga rock, and country rock.[1][4][5]

The band’s signature blend of clear harmony singing and McGuinn’s jangly twelve-string Rickenbacker guitar has continued to be influential on popular music up to the present day.[1][6] Among the band’s most enduring songs are their cover versions of Bob Dylan‘s “Mr. Tambourine Man” and Pete Seeger‘s “Turn! Turn! Turn! (to Everything There Is a Season)“, along with the self-penned originals, “I’ll Feel a Whole Lot Better“, “Eight Miles High“, “So You Want to Be a Rock ‘n’ Roll Star“, “Ballad of Easy Rider” and “Chestnut Mare“.

The original five-piece line-up of the Byrds consisted of Jim McGuinn (lead guitar, vocals), Gene Clark (tambourine, vocals), David Crosby (rhythm guitar, vocals), Chris Hillman (bass guitar, vocals), and Michael Clarke (drums).[7] However, this version of the band was relatively short-lived and by early 1966, Clark had left due to problems associated with anxiety and his increasing isolation within the group.[8] The Byrds continued as a quartet until late 1967, when Crosby and Clarke also departed the band.[9] McGuinn and Hillman decided to recruit new members, including country rock pioneer Gram Parsons, but by late 1968, Hillman and Parsons had also exited the band.[1] McGuinn, who by this time had changed his name to Roger after a flirtation with the Subud religion,[2] elected to rebuild the band’s membership and between 1968 and 1973, he helmed a new incarnation of the Byrds, featuring guitarist Clarence White among others.[1] McGuinn disbanded the then current line-up in early 1973, to make way for a reunion of the original quintet.[10] The Byrds’ final album was released in March 1973, with the reunited group disbanding soon afterwards.[11]

Several former members of the band went on to successful careers of their own, either as solo artists or as members of such groups as Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, the Flying Burrito Brothers and the Desert Rose Band.[1] In the late 1980s, Gene Clark and Michael Clarke both began touring as the Byrds, prompting a legal challenge from McGuinn, Crosby, and Hillman over the rights to the band’s name.[12] As a result of this, McGuinn, Crosby, and Hillman performed a series of reunion concerts as the Byrds in 1989 and 1990, and also recorded four new Byrds’ songs.[13][14]

In January 1991, the Byrds were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, an occasion that saw the five original members performing together for the last time.[15][16]McGuinn, Crosby, and Hillman still remain active but Gene Clark died of a heart attack in 1991, and Michael Clarke died of liver failure in 1993.[17][18]

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Leonard Cohen


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Leonard Norman Cohen (Montréal, 21 settembre 1934) è un cantautore, poeta, scrittore e compositore canadese. È uno dei cantautori più celebri, influenti e apprezzati della storia della musica.

Nelle sue opere esplora temi come la religione, l’isolamento e la sessualità, ripiegando spesso sull’individuo. Vincitore di numerosi premi e onorificenze, è inserito nellaRock and Roll Hall of Fame, nella Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame e nella Canadian Music Hall of Fame. È inoltre insignito del titolo di Compagno dell’Ordine del Canada, la più alta onorificenza concessa dal Canada. Nel 2011, ricevette il Premio Principe delle Asturie per la letteratura.

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Leonard Norman Cohen, CC GOQ (born 21 September 1934) is a Canadian singer, songwriter, musician, painter, poet, and novelist. His work has explored religion, politics, isolation, sexuality, and personal relationships. Cohen has been inducted into both the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame as well as the American Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He is also a Companion of the Order of Canada, the nation’s highest civilian honor. In 2011, Cohen received aPrincess of Asturias Awards for literature.

The critic Bruce Eder assessed Cohen’s overall career in popular music by asserting that “[he is] one of the most fascinating and enigmatic … singer/songwriters of the late ’60s … [and] has retained an audience across four decades of music-making…. Second only to Bob Dylan (and perhaps Paul Simon) [in terms of influence], he commands the attention of critics and younger musicians more firmly than any other musical figure from the 1960s who is still working at the outset of the 21st century.”

One of his notable novels, Beautiful Losers (1966) received attention from the Canadian press and was considered controversial because of a number of sexually graphic passages.[4] The Academy of American Poets has commented more broadly on Cohen’s overall career in the arts, including his work as a poet, novelist, and songwriter, stating that “Cohen’s successful blending of poetry, fiction, and music is made most clear in Stranger Music: Selected Poems and Songs, published in 1993, which gathered more than 200 of Cohen’s poems … several novel excerpts, and almost 60 song lyrics… While it may seem to some that Leonard Cohen departed from the literary in pursuit of the musical, his fans continue to embrace him as a Renaissance man who straddles the elusive artistic borderlines.”

Cohen’s first album was Songs of Leonard Cohen (1967) followed by Songs from a Room (1969) (featuring the often-recorded “Bird on the Wire”) and Songs of Love and Hate (1971). His 1977 record Death of a Ladies’ Man was co-written and produced by Phil Spector, which was a move away from Cohen’s previous minimalist sound. In 1979 Cohen returned with the more traditional Recent Songs, which blended his acoustic style with jazz and Oriental and Mediterranean influences. “Hallelujah” was first released on Cohen’s studio album Various Positions in 1984. I’m Your Man in 1988 marked Cohen’s turn to synthesized productions and remains his most popular album. In 1992 Cohen released its follow-up, The Future, which had dark lyrics and references to political and social unrest. Cohen returned to music in 2001 with the release ofTen New Songs, which was a major hit in Canada and Europe. In 2006 Cohen produced and co-wrote Blue Alert, a collaboration with jazz chanteuse Anjani Thomas. After the success of his 2008–13 world tours, Cohen released the highest charting album in his entire career, Old Ideas, to positive reviews. On 22 September 2014, one day after his 80th birthday, Cohen released his 13th studio album, Popular Problems, again to positive reviews.

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