Leonard Cohen Dies: Rockers React
As the news of Leonard Cohen's passing ripples through the artistic community, social media has started filling up with tributes from the beloved songwriter's peers and musical disciples — an eclectic array of famous names whose own work spans decades, continents, and genres.
Cohen, 82 at the time of his death, built a body of work unrivaled in its critical standing, and although he never had a hit single and only saw his most recent albums penetrate the upper reaches of the charts, his piercing lyrical insight influenced generations of artists. Many of those acolytes have been quick to share their grief with fans, from fellow veteran songwriters such as Carole King and Nick Cave to members of the much younger set, such as Justin Timberlake and Lady Gaga.
"I always experience myself as falling apart," Cohen once said of his songwriting process. "The place where the evaluation happens is where I write the songs, when I get in that place where I can't be dishonest about what I've been doing." That honesty found purchase in the hearts of countless listeners, only a handful of whom are reflected in these tributes. Read on to see praise for Cohen's work from Paul Stanley, Tom Morello, Ben Folds, and many more — and make a point of spending some time with the man's music, especially if you haven't done so already.
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