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    The Holy or the Broken: Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley, and the Unlikely Ascent of "Hallelujah" (Hardback) By (author) Alan Light

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    Description""A venerated creator. An adored, tragic interpreter. An uncomplicated, memorable melody. Ambiguous, evocative words. Faith and uncertainty. Pain and pleasure."" 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? Through in-depth interviews with its interpreters and the key figures who were actually there for its original recordings, acclaimed music journalist Alan Light follows the improbable journey of "Hallelujah" straight to the heart of popular culture. "The Holy or the Broken "gives insight into how great songs come to be, how they come to be listened to, and how they can be forever reinterpreted.


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    Title
    The Holy or the Broken
    Subtitle
    Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley, and the Unlikely Ascent of "Hallelujah"
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Alan Light
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 254
    Width: 146 mm
    Height: 214 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 381 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781451657845
    ISBN 10: 1451657846
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T1.7
    BIC E4L: MUS
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Libri: I-MU
    BIC subject category V2: AVC
    Ingram Subject Code: MU
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BIC subject category V2: AVH
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    B&T General Subject: 540
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 01
    B&T Approval Code: A08740000
    BISAC V2.8: MUS050000, MUS020000
    DC21: 782.42164
    B&T Approval Code: A08200000
    DC22: 782.42164
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Approval Code: A08100000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15930
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: ML410.C734 L55 2012
    Publisher
    SIMON & SCHUSTER
    Imprint name
    Atria Books
    Publication date
    19 February 2013
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Review quote
    "Reads like an investigative oral biography of a song. A true songography."