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    DescriptionPraised as "brilliantly revelatory...a masterful work of critical journalism" ("Kirkus Reviews," starred review), "The Holy or the Broken" is the fascinating account of one of the most-performed rock songs in history--Leonard Cohen's heartrending "Hallelujah."""When iconoclastic rocker Leonard Cohen first wrote and recorded the song "Hallelujah," it was for an album rejected by his longtime record label. When finally released, it attracted little attention or airplay. Today, the song is a staple of movies and TV shows as diverse as "Shrek "and "The West Wing" and has been covered by hundreds of artists around the world, including Bob Dylan, U2, Justin Timberlake, and k.d. lang. Written with elegance and journalistic precision, "The Holy or the Broken" charts the rise of "Hallelujah" from obscurity to phenomenal success. After ten years of obscurity, the song was reimagined by charismatic newcomer Jeff Buckley 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 little-known 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 witnessed its original recordings, acclaimed music journalist Alan Light follows the improbable journey of "Hallelujah" straight to the heart of popular culture. "Thoughtful and illuminating" ("The New York Times"), "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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    The Holy or the Broken
    Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley, and the Unlikely Ascent of "Hallelujah"
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Alan Light
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 254
    Width: 140 mm
    Height: 215 mm
    Thickness: 18 mm
    Weight: 249 g
    ISBN 13: 9781451657852
    ISBN 10: 1451657854

    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
    BIC subject category V2: AVH
    B&T General Subject: 540
    B&T Approval Code: A08740000
    BISAC V2.8: MUS050000
    Abridged Dewey: 780
    LC classification: ML
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25930
    BISAC V2.8: MUS020000
    DC21: 782.42164
    B&T Approval Code: A08200000
    DC22: 782.42164
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    B&T Approval Code: A08100000
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    Atria Books
    Imprint name
    Atria Books
    Publication date
    19 November 2013
    Review quote
    "Reads like an investigative oral biography of a song. A true songography."