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Rolling Stone 11 November 2016

How Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’ brilliantly mingled sex and religion

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Leonard Cohen’s career had reached a low point when he wrote “Hallelujah.” It was 1984, and he had been out of the spotlight for quite a long time. His 1977 LP, Death of a Ladies’ Man, a collaboration with Phil Spector, was a commercial and critical disappointment, and his next album Recent Songs fared no better. When Cohen submitted the songs for his subsequent LP, Various Positions, to Columbia, label execs didn’t hear “Hallelujah,” the opening song of Side Two, as anything special. They didn’t even want to release the album, though it eventually came out in Europe in 1984 and America the following year.

It took a few years for “Hallelujah” to emerge as a classic. Bob Dylan was one of the first to recognize its brilliance, playing it at a couple of shows in
1988. The Velvet Underground’s John Cale tackled it on the piano for a 1991 Cohen tribute disc, and three years later, Jeff Buckley took inspiration from that rendition and covered it on his 1994 album, Grace. It was that version that eventually created a huge cult around the song, and it’s since been covered by everybody from Bono to Bon Jovi. It’s far and away Leonard Cohen’s most famous composition, even though many people don’t even realize that he wrote it.

Alan Light dove deep into the history of the song for his new book, The Holy or the Broken: Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley, and the Unlikely Ascent of ‘Hallelujah’ by Alan Light. Here is an excerpt.

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4 May 2016

A lecture on quantum physics

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During Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s visit to Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in April 2016, a journalist jokingly asked the Prime Minister to explain quantum computing. He called their bluff with a spot-on explanation. 

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau lauds “cutting-edge research” at Perimeter
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21 January 2016

Don’t believe it….?

Just watch!

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This is an amazing effort in editing and synchronisation, marrying the 2015 hit Uptown Funk with clips from films of the Golden Age of Hollywood.

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16 January 2016

Over there…

Freedom Girls debut the “Official Donald Trump Jam”

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No wonder Donald Trump has opened up a double digit lead over his nearest rival in the Republican primary race, with lines like “Enemies of freedom, face the music.  Come on, boys, take ’em down”.

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6 January 2016

Fireworks

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This footage of a RC drone flying through a firework display will leave you breathless! Make sure you watch this on full screen – it’s that good. This is from Trending Hot TV – check it out.

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