Leonard Cohen At 80

September 22, 2014 6:35 PM

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Leonard Cohen At 80

Anybody familiar with Leonard Cohen knows the haunting often depressing beauty of his lyrics.

In his early years performing, Mr. Cohen's unrelenting grimness became something of a joke. The British media, for example, in the 1960s and 1970s frequently referred to him as "Laughing Len." Laughing Len turns 80 today; and his music can still invoke great sadness. The first verse of one of the so...

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