The Holy or the Broken by Alan Light audiobook

The Holy or the Broken: Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley, and the Unlikely Ascent of "Hallelujah"

By Alan Light
Read by Tom Perkins

Tantor Audio

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781665266550

  • ISBN: 9781665266543

  • ISBN: 9781665266567

Runtime: 6.65 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/History
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

Today, “Hallelujah” is one of the most-performed rock songs in history. It has become a staple of movies and television shows as diverse as Shrek and The West Wing, of tribute videos and telethons. It has been covered by hundreds of artists, including Bob Dylan, U2, Justin Timberlake, and k.d. lang, and it is played every year at countless events—both sacred and secular—around the world.

Yet when music legend Leonard Cohen first wrote and recorded “Hallelujah,” it was for an album rejected by his longtime record label. Ten years later, charismatic newcomer Jeff Buckley reimagined the song for his much-anticipated debut album, Grace. Three years after that, Buckley would be dead, his album largely unknown, and “Hallelujah” still unreleased as a single. After two such commercially disappointing outings, 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?

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

Brilliantly revelatory . . . A masterful work of critical journalism. Kirkus Starred Review

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Author

Author Bio: Alan Light

Author Bio: Alan Light Alan Light is the former editor in chief of Vibe and Spin magazines, and a former senior writer for Rolling Stone. He is the author of Let’s Go Crazy: Prince and the Making of Purple Rain. A frequent contributor to the New York Times, Alan cohosts the daily music talk show Debatable on SiriusXM.

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Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 6.65
Audience: Adult
Language: English