Leonard Cohen is a Canadian singer-songwriter&44; musician&44; poet and novelist. Cohen published his first book of poetry&44; ‘Let Us Compare Mythologies’&44; in 1956 and his first novel&44; the semi-autobiographical ‘The Favourite Game’&44; in 1963. Cohen has recorded and collaborated on numerous albums&44; and published several books of poetry and an experimental and critically-acclaimed novel&44; ‘Beautiful Losers’ (1966). Cohen is renowned as one of the most influential singer-songwriters of the century (over 1&44;000 renditions of his songs have been recorded) and was inducted into the American Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2008. Lou Reed has described Cohen as among the ‘highest and most influential echelon of songwriters’.
After years of seclusion as a Buddhist monk&44; Cohen is now back in the limelight with a sell-out world tour in 2008&44; the Perennial re-release of his novels and speculation of an album of new songs on the cards. Leonard Cohen lives in Montreal&44; Canada.