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The Holy or the Broken

The Holy or the Broken

Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley, and the Unlikely Ascent of "Hallelujah"

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How did one obscure song become an international anthem for human triumph and tragedy, a song each successive generation seems to feel they have discovered and claimed as uniquely their own? Celebrated music journalist Alan Light follows the improbable journey of “Hallelujah” straight to the heart of popular culture.
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  • Atria Books | 
  • 288 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781451657852 | 
  • November 2013
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The Holy or the Broken CHAPTER ONE
Allen Ginsberg once said, “Dylan blew everybody’s mind, except Leonard’s.”

Comparisons are often drawn between Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan. There are books devoted to comparing and contrasting the two towering singer-songwriters; in early 2012, someone even released a “Cohen and Dylan” app, documenting their recordings and set lists for comparative... see more

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