• Last night, we were heartbroken to learn of the passing of Leonard Cohen at the age of eighty-two. A trailblazing musician who started out as a poet and novelist, Cohen established himself as one of the world’s most influential singer-songwriters, exploring themes of romantic longing and spiritual anguish over the course of a nearly five-decade career. His unmistakable baritone took on haunting new dimensions when brought to the big screen, most notably in Robert Altman’s melancholy 1971 western McCabe & Mrs. Miller, which uses three songs from the singer’s 1967 debut album, Songs of Leonard Cohen.

    In memory of this great artist, we’re sharing the above excerpt from a scene in McCabe & Mrs. Miller that features Cohen’s song “Sisters of Mercy.” For a closer look at the music in Altman’s masterpiece, check out Robert Christgau’s examination of Cohen’s contributions to the soundtrack.


  • By Sean Ramsdell
    November 12, 2016
    01:34 PM

    Altman also used "Suzanne" on "Brewster McCloud". RIP Leonard Cohen
  • By John P.
    November 14, 2016
    11:49 AM

    "Hallelujah"! Cohen has moved into "The Tower of Song". What a loss!