Sylvie Simmons: Being Leonard Cohen

Writer digs deep for Leonard Cohen bio: Aidin Vaziri | To write her definitive biography of Leonard Cohen, “I’m Your Man,” Sylvie Simmons had to go back and relive his entire life in just three years. But the British journalist who has called San Francisco home for the past decade didn’t spare any details: She dug deep into the iconic 77-year-old Canadian songwriter’s travails with religion, poetry, women, music, fame, depression, drugs, money, family and, most of all, facial hair. “I basically stalked everything on the poor guy,” she said last week, sitting in the living room of her sun-filled Mission District flat, still reeling from the onerous task of writing close to 600 pages on her characteristically elusive subject.
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