Leonard Cohen (1934 – )

Renowned Poet and Singer-Songwriter

His words are legendary. Leonard Cohen’s poetry – often delivered in his own unmistakable baritone – has inspired readers and listeners, mended broken hearts, and closed down bars for nearly 60 years. A McGill graduate (BA’55) and honorary degree recipient (DLitt’92), Cohen published his first book of poetry in 1956, which contained work he had produced while at the University. Since that time, he has established himself as a legendary singer-songwriter, musician, poet and novelist. According to Wikipedia, over 2,000 renditions of Cohen’s songs have been recorded, earning him spots in the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and the Songwriters Hall of Fame, as well as a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, among many other honours. He is one of the best known Canadians of all time – and certainly one of the coolest. Legions of fans around the world couldn’t be wrong – what more proof do you need that Leonard Cohen is the Greatest McGillian?