The Holy or the Broken

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

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Praised 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." 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? Celebrated music journalist Alan Light follows the improbable journey of "Hallelujah" straight to the heart of popular culture.

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  • Paperback | 254 pages
  • 138 x 212 x 22mm | 240g
  • Atria Books
  • New YorkUnited States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 1451657854
  • 9781451657852
  • 172,253

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"Keeps the pages turning... A well-constructed, consistently enlightening book, which should have Cohen devotees and music fans alike seeking out their favorite version of the song."

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