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Amazon best possible Books of the Month, December 2012: a whole biography dedicated to a single tune might seem over the top to start with. but if that tune is “Hallelujah”--a a long time-antique, epic ode to sex, spirituality, and the whole lot in among--this type of highlight is not only justified but arguably necessary. Leonard Cohen spent years painstakingly penning the lyrics and wound up with more verses than somebody has ever heard. The tune has been rereported, reimagined, reinvented, and in the long run immortalized by (once in a while) gloriously great and (too incessantly) tragically poor renditions. it can be, as creator and music journalist Alan mild puts it in The Holy or the Broken, “one of the most surprising and positive sagas in the history of in style music.” With this advanced and fascinating story, mild succeeds in doing for a tune what some biographers combat to perform for human topics: He captures the essence and importance of a living, respiring entity, and his telling is now and then as transferring as the masterpiece itself. --Robin A. Rothman

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Literature & Fiction

Released: 2012-12-04

The Holy or the Broken: Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley, and the Unlikely Ascent of “Hallelujah” by Alan Light


A commemorated creator. An cherished, tragic interpreter. An basic, memorable melody. Ambiguous, evocative words. faith and uncertainty. pain and delight.”

as of late, “Hallelujah” is likely one of the such a lot-performed rock tunes in history. It has turn out to be a staple of flicks and television displays as various as Shrek and The West Wing, of tribute videntityeos and telethons. it's been lined via hundreds of artists, together with Bob Dylan, U2, Justin Timberlake, and k.d. lang, and it is played yearly at numerous events—both sacred and secular—around the globe.

yet whilst music legend Leonard Cohen first wrote and reported “Hallelujah,” it was for an album rejected via his longtime report label. Ten years later, charismatic newcomer Jeff Buckley reimagined the tune for his a lot-anticipated debut album, Grace. 3 years after that, Buckley could be lifeless, his album largely unknown, and “Hallelujah” nonetheless unreleased as a single. After such commercially disappointing outings, how didentity one obscure tune turn out to be a world anthem for human triumph and tragedy, a tune each successive technology seems to feel they have got discovered and claimed as uniquely their very own?

thru in-depth interviews with its interpreters and the key figures who were if truth be told there for its authentic reportings, acclaimed music journalist Alan mild follows the fantastic journey of “Hallelujah” instantly to the center of pop culture. The Holy or the Broken gives perception into how great tunes turn out to be, how they arrive to be listened to, and the way they are able to be ceaselessly reinterpreted.

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author: Alan mildwriter: Atria BooksBinding: HardcoverLanguage: EnglishPages: 288

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