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The Life of Leonard Cohen: Ukulele Concert & Talk | SF

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Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE
Jewish Community Library | 1835 Ellis St, San Francisco, CA

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Canadian singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen attributed the source of his music to Jewish liturgy, “the sound of the Jewish voice raised in prayer or adoration or praise. Those are the kinds of modes that touched me and informed me.”

Born in London, Sylvie Simmons, an award-winning writer and rock journalist, wrote a biography of Cohen and now tours the world reading from her book, talking about Cohen and singing his songs, accompanying herself on ukulele.

Sylvie Simmons’ previous books include the cult short story collection Too Weird for Ziggy, as well as biographies of Neil Young and French Jewish singer Serge Gainsbourg. Sylvie is also a singer, songwriter, and recording artist.

In writing her authorized biography of Cohen, journalist Sylvie Simmons interviewed more than one hundred of those closest to him, including his bar mitzvah teacher, his current rabbi, his fellow monks at the Mount Baldy Zen Center where he was ordained a Buddhist monk, as well as the mother of his children, musicians, record producers, literary editors, and Cohen himself. NPR’s All Things Considered named I’m Your Man the best biography of the year in 2012.

Please note: March 3, 2015 is the rescheduled date for the same event that was unfortunately cancelled due to a power outage back in December.

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Cost: FREE
Categories: *Top Pick*, Live Music, San Francisco
Address: 1835 Ellis St, San Francisco, CA