Number One – times two!

Saturday, May 26th, 2018

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The new French edition of I’m Your Man: La Vie de Leonard Cohen made its debut in the Amazon France book charts at No 1 in the genres of History and Music.

Meanwhile, the US edition of I‘m Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen is currently back at No.1 in the Amazon book charts and the Kindle charts in the folk and music book categories. Right now Amazon US has a special offer on the Kindle/ebook edition at $1.99

French Connection!

Wednesday, April 25th, 2018

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Great news! I’ve been waiting so long for I’m Your Man: The Life of  Leonard Cohen to come out in France, and “le jour de gloire est arrive!”  This  beautiful updated edition is published by L’Echappee.!1&Search=la%20vie%20de%20leonard%20cohen&sft=1&sa=0


In the movies

Saturday, March 24th, 2018

Sylvie’s song “Hard Act To Follow” is featured on the soundtrack to the new movie “Juliet Naked.” Produced by Judd Apatow and directed by Jesse Peretz, the film is based on the Nick Hornby novel of the same name and stars Ethan Hawke, Chris O’Dowd and Rose Byrne.

This is the third movie to feature songs from Sylvie. “Midnight Cowboy” and “The Rose You Left Me” were previously  in the movies “Black Widows” and “Luis & I”.  All three songs are available here

A new chapter and a new publication

Wednesday, March 7th, 2018

LC Canada 18An extended version of the Canadian-English version of I’m Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen is being released in the next few weeks. Weighing in at 583 pages, this large paperback edition contains the final chapter of Leonard Cohen’s life.

Meanwhile, an essay on Cohen written by Sylvie appears in a special publication published by the Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art. Leonard Cohen” A Crack in Everything/Une Breche en Toute Chose, is in both English and French and contains a number of photos. It is available from the musem at this link:

Here’s Sylvie at one of the Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art’s Cohen exhibita: an organ whose keys each play a different recording of Cohen reading his poems.

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More Leonard Cohen

Monday, February 12th, 2018


Here is the latest new edition of I’m Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen. This one is a Korean translation – out just in time for the Winter Olympics! Here’s the book sleeve. More information, for those of you speak who speak Korean, is here:…

Soon to join the Korean edition on my heaving bookshelves (!!) are a new Canadian English language edition, updated with the new final chapter and, enfin, the France-French edition, hopefully published this May.

A belated happy new year, everyone, and thanks to all of you for your support last year.


I’m Your Man: Updated

Monday, December 11th, 2017

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UK publisher Vintage/Penguin has released a new edition of I’m Your Man: the Life of Leonard Cohen – the first English-language edition of the book that includes a final chapter. Picking up from where the first edition of  Sylvie’s book ended in 2012, when it was first published, it covers Leonard’s life and work until his death in November 2016.

Creem Dream

Sunday, November 26th, 2017

Sylvie was interviewed on film by Jaan Uhelszki as part of the upcoming documentary Boy Howdy! The Story of Creem Magazine. Or, to give the Detroit-based monthly its full name: Creem: America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine. Of course there were other rock magazines in the late 1960s to the early 1980s, Creem’s heyday – Rolling Stone, for example, which was recently the subject of a two-part, four hour documentary. But where Rolling Stone was a mainstream success, Creem was more underground and idiosyncratic,  and way cooler. It was home to many of the most legendary and influential rock writers included Lester Bangs, Richard Meltzer and Nick Tosches. Sylvie became a correspondent and regular contributor at the end of the ’70s.

Here’s a couple of pages from Creem’s yearbook of its writers!

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Even the airport tipped its hat

Monday, November 20th, 2017

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It’s hard to describe the whirlwind of emotions that came from being in Leonard Cohen’s birthplace on the first anniversary of his death. The city certainly went all-out with its tribute. Even the airport added a sculpted fedora on top of the “O” of Montreal. Down at the old port, a place where Leonard loved to wander as a child,  his poems were projected on the walls of the monumental Silo #5. There were other murals on the sides of buildings around the city. Adam Cohen, Leonard’s son, and Hal Willner, who curated the tribute concerts that formed the basis of the film “I’m Your Man”, organised a concert at the Bell Centre with a host of stars to raise money for arts charities. But chief among the homages was the vast and impressive art exhibition commissioned by MAC – the Musee d’Art Contemporain. The exhibition had actually planned to open while fedora montrealLeonard was still alive – the curator John Zeppetelli came to San Francisco to talk about it with me a couple of years back. Leonard, who gave his blessing,  would surely have appreciated the highly original art he inspired. Much of it was digital, but at the same time very human, and  largely created by younger artists. I joined some of IMG_20171109_154007_resized_20171110_021131907those artists onstage at a panel discussion of Leonard and art at MAC – George Fok, Kara Blake and Clara Furey. They were fascinating. That week I also did two  one-hour interviews onstage at MAC. Here’s a link to the one in English with CBC host Eleanor Wachtel.  The other onstage interview was in French with Montreal poet and author Chantal Ringuet – if museum crackI find a link I’ll post it later.   A number of Leonard Cohen fans came from Europe to participate in the tribute. I was really happy to get to sing a few Cohen songs for them with Montreal musician L’il Andy  at the beautifulChapel of Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours, whose statue of Mary, “Our Lady of the Harbour”, is referenced in Leonard’s song”Suzanne.” I also sang at the French-language bookshop Librairie Gallimard, just a few steps from Leonard’s old house, where the translators and publishers and I launched the new edition of the first French version of my book, I’m Your Man: La Vie de Leonard Cohen. That same night the first snowfall came, the snow started falling – fat clusters of white  like tiny crumpled napkins. It was very hard to say goodbye to Montreal – and Leonard.




Montreal – Sylvie joins tributes to Leonard Cohen

Saturday, November 4th, 2017

7b Our lady of the harbourMontreal has organized a variety of  artistic and musical events across the city in November, paying tribute to Leonard Cohen on the first anniversary of his death, ranging from a concert at the Bell Centre headlined by Elvis Costello, a building-sized muralof Cohen in his famous fedora, and a major multi-media exhibition at MAC (Musee D’Art Contemporain/Museum of Contemporary Art).

From 6th, when the exhibition opens, until 9th November, the art museum will also feature various staged events. These include panels, round-tables and on-stage interviews on the subject of Leonard Cohen, his life and his work.

Sylvie will be appearing in several events, in English and in French, and will separately be doing TV and radio interviews in English and in French, sometimes alone, sometimes accompanied by Elisabeth Domergue and Francois Vella, the two women who translated  the French-Canadian new edition of I’m Your Man: the Life of Leonard Cohen.

In addition, Sylvie will do an event at the Librairie Gallimard, a bookshop near Leonard Cohen’s Montreal home, where there will be songs (in English) and readings (in French). She will also sing with Canadian Americana singer-songwriter L’il Andy at a private concert for the Leonard Cohen Files Forum, many of whom have traveled from Europe for the tribute event, at the Chapel de Notre-Dame de Bon Secours, its building topped by the statue of ‘Our lady of the harbour’ that appears in Leonard Cohen’s famous song “Suzanne.”

Please see the tour page for further details.

Two hats, no uke

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017

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Jim White, the metaphysical singer-songwriter who counts David Byrne of Talking Heads among his biggest fans, is working on a new acoustic album and asked Sylvie to sing on it with him. Jim and Sylvie first sang together at the Poisson Rouge in New York and then last year at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in San Francisco. Sylvie – who has been a huge fan of White’s work since his 1997 debut album The Mysterious Tale of How I Shouted Wrong-Eyed Jesus on Byrne’s Luaka Bop label – is featured singing in songs Land Called Home, Plywood Superman and Walk A While with Me.