Leonard Norman Cohen was born to a Jewish family in Montreal, Quebec, in 1934. As a teenager, he learned to play the acoustic guitar and formed a country folk band called The Buckskin Boys, but his favorite hobby was writing poems. Studying at McGill University, the Canadian artist and English major expanded his love of literature. In 1961, he published The Spice-Box of Earth, a poetry collection. Over the next few years the poet lived in Greece and wrote novels, including Beautiful Losers and The Favourite Game. In his thirties, he moved to the United States and set his poems to music for the first Leonard Cohen concerts.
Between music festivals, Leonard completed his debut album in 1967. Featuring a dark style and the songs "Suzanne" and "Sisters of Mercy," the Columbia Records album gained a cult following. Next, he released Songs from a Room, which included the popular "Bird on the Wire." In 1984, Various Positions introduced one of his greatest hits, "Hallelujah." Other important Cohen titles include Songs of Love and Hate, which featured "Famous Blue Raincoat," and the 1988 comeback hit, I'm Your Man. Artists like Elton John, Neil Diamond, and Joan Baez admired Leonard Cohen lyrics to tunes such as "So Long, Marianne."
After completing a concert tour to promote The Future, the folksinger entered seclusion in the Mount Baldy Zen Centre in California. Practicing meditation, he became a Rinzai Zen Buddhist monk in 1996. But the world called him, and the songwriter left his retreat and released Ten New Songs in 2001. Along with acts like Troubadours Of Folk, Bob Dylan, and Kenny Rogers, Cohen shows offer the best of folk music, and his words mesmerize the audience. Called Dear Heather, his most recent studio album reached number five on the Canadian music charts, and he produced Blue Alert with the Hawaiian singer Anjani in 2006.
Cohen still gets on stage to entertain fans with discount Leonard Cohen tickets. Don't miss your chance to see this folk legend with cheap Leonard Cohen concert seats.