Music, museums and books

Thursday, April 25th, 2019


Hi, Sylvie here. I’ve fallen behind on updating the news page, so there’s a lot to report.

I’m going to be playing my first shows since my hand surgery at the end of last year –  starting with a free solo show in celebration of Independent Bookstore Day, April 27th at Green Apple Books in San Francisco – which is the bookstore that came up with the idea of an Independent Bookstore Day in the first place.

After that, I’m going to do my first show backed by the brilliant Berkeley jazz band John Brothers Piano Co: keyboards, clarinet, bass, trumpet and guitar. That’s on May 6th at the Candlelight Club in Berkeley. Details of both shows are on my Tour page.

As to I’m Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen, there are even more new translations underway: Serbian, Russian, Hungarian and Czech, as well as a new updated Spanish edition, a new updated Chinese edition, an updated Portugal-Portuguese and a French-language audio book.

If you’re planning to go to the excellent Leonard Cohen exhibition “A Crack in Everything” at the Jewish Museum in New York, I will be making an appearance on a panel talking about Leonard on June 13th. ( The exhibition runs from April 12 to September 8 2019)

The exhibition will move to Copenhagen from October 23rd 2019 to March 8 2020, at the Kunstforeningen GL STRAND and Nikolaj Kunsthal. I will be appearing in Copenhagen too, giving a keynote speech at the Royal Danish Library on December 11 2019.

Hope to see you soon.


New Spanish edition of ‘Soy tu Hombre: La Vida de Leonard Cohen’

Thursday, January 3rd, 2019

EH406873A new edition of Soy tu Hombre: La Vida de Leonard Cohen is in the bookstores. It has been updated to include a complete new chapter – the final chapter of Cohen’s life. This updated edition has the words “Edicion definitiva” on the front cover.

Una nueva edición de Soy tu hombre: La vida de Leonard Cohen está en las librerías. Se ha actualizado para incluir un nuevo capítulo completo: el capítulo final de la vida de Cohen. Esta edición actualizada tiene las palabras “Edición definitiva” en la portada.

Two-week French tribute to Leonard Cohen

Tuesday, October 16th, 2018

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For two weeks in November, Sylvie will be in France, heading  up a festival paying tribute to the words and music of Leonard Cohen.  It starts and ends in Paris on the 3rd and 14th November, and in-between there are events in Strasbourg, Ivry-sur-Seine, Caen, Bordeaux and Toulouse. Some events are free, some require tickets, and all feature Cohen’s songs. Details of each show are on Sylvie’s tour page in English, and in French on the fliers below.

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Atlantic crossing: October shows in London & Ireland

Monday, September 3rd, 2018

Hi, Sylvie here.

I’m going to be back in my hometown, London, in October – a quick visit to see friends and family. But I will also be doing one London show: it’s Thursday 25th October at the Betsey Trotwood in Clerkenwell. I’ll have two great singer-songwriters accompanying me – Jason McNiff, who toured the US West Coast with me a couple of years back, and Kathleen Haskard. I really hope you can make it along. Here’s a link on how to get tickets:


Sylvie and Clive PosterThe day after thatI’ll be flying to Ireland for three shows. The first is in Dublin at the DC Club, on 28th Irish showOctober. I’ll be accompanied by highly- acclaimed Irish guitar player Clive Barnes, who’s touring with Jim White right now.

Then I’m off to Galway to play two shows:

A a concert at Monroe’s on 29th October with Johnny Duhan and Jerome Taheny. And a Leonard Cohen event and fan meet-up on 30th October at Charlie Byrne’s book shop. There’ll be Leonard Cohen songs and stories, even a Leonard Cohen raffle. It’ll be a very special evening. I’m really looking forward to seeing everyone.


Hard Act to Follow

Friday, August 31st, 2018

Hi, Sylvie here, with a new video.  A couple of weeks ago I went to a big downtown movie theatre to see a new movie called “Juliet Naked.” It’s a romantic comedy based on a book by Nick Hornby, a former rock critic, directed by Jesse Peretz, a former rock musician (remember the Lemonheads?) and featuring a soundtrack that includes songs by Marianne Faithfull, Chrissie Hynde, Robyn Hitchcock, M.Ward…. and me!

I sat watching the movie and listening hard, because I didn’t know what scene it was going to be in, but after a while I got into the story and forgot all about my song. Then, during a scene shot in the Tate Modern in London, one of my favourite places in the world, suddenly out of the giant speakers there I was, singing “Hard Act to Follow.”  I almost jumped out of my seat.

So to celebrate my song getting its first major movie role, I decided to make it its own little film, working with San Francisco video maker, Carlos Forster. I hope you like it. And if you do, please feel free to leave a message on YouTube.


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.