A fascinating account of the making, remaking, and unlikely popularizing of one of the most played and recorded rock songs in history Leonard Cohens beautiful and heartrending ldquo;Hallelujah.rdquo;Its become a staple of movie and television shows as diverse asShrek,The OC, andThe West Wing. It was the song MTV and VH1 chose for their official post-9/11 tribute video, using Jeff Buckleys acclaimed rendition, and was the centerpiece of the telethon that followed the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. Today, it is one of the most recorded rock songs in history, covered by hundreds of artists, including Bono, Bon Jovi, Justin Timberlake, Susan Boyle, and Celine Dion.Yet when iconoclastic rocker Leonard Cohen first wrote and recorded the song Hallelujah,it attracted little attention or airplay, not even making it onto his own Best of album. How did one unknown song become an international anthem for human triumph and tragedy, one which each successive generation feels they have discovered and claimed as uniquely their own?Through in-depth interviews with the people who were actually there, Alan Light one of the foremost music journalists working today follows Hallelujah improbable and epic journey straight to the heart of popular culture.
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December 04, 2012
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