The Holy or the Broken

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The Holy or the Broken

Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley, and the Unlikely Ascent of "Hallelujah"

By Alan Light

Atria Books, Paperback, 9781451657852, 254pp.

Publication Date: November 19, 2013

Description
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.


About the Author
Alan Light has been one of America s leading music journalists for the past twenty years. He was a writer at "Rolling Stone", founding music editor and editor-in-chief of "Vibe", and editor-in-chief of "Spin "magazine. He has been a contributor to "The New Yorker", "GQ", "Entertainment Weekly", "Elle", and "Mother Jones". He is the author of "The Skills to Pay the Bills", an oral history of the Beastie Boys; "The Holy or the Broken: Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley, and the Unlikely Ascent of Hallelujah "; and cowriter of the "New York Times" bestselling memoir by Gregg Allman, "My Cross to Bear".