Leonard Cohen

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Name: Leonard Cohen
Also Known As:
Medium: music, writing
Official Website(s): Official Leonard Cohen Site
Fan Website(s):
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Leonard Cohen (1934-2016) was a Canadian poet, songwriter, and singer. In his nearly 60 year career, he has released numerous works first as a writer and a poet, than as a songwriter and singer starting in the late 1960s.

Presence in Fandom


"Hallelujah" as a Source

Cohen's "Hallelujah" has been a popular source for fanworks such as filks, vids, and fanmixes. In 2011, a fan commented on this popularity, addressing song choice:

...because they're overplayed, mainstream songs are saturated with excess meaning, interfering with your goal. Staying away from mainstream music gives you more scope to interpret the music. And it doesn't have to mean "obscure for the sake of it". It's fine to use Leonard Cohen, if he suits, but how about checking out something like Alexandra Leaving instead of Hallelujah? [1]

in 2019, an anonymous user on Fail Fandom Anon wrote "yet another filk" based on Leonard Cohen’s song “Hallelujah,” including the following verse and chorus as commentary addressing Archive of Our Own and The Hugo Awards

I've heard there was a book award
Some people gave to a faceless horde
Not knowing just how far they wanted to go
It went like this: novel, nov'lette
Each got its own dildo rocket
But then some ficcers claimed they'd won a Hugo
Won a Hugo
Won a Hugo
Won a Hugo
Won a Huuuuuuu-uuuuuuuuuu-go[2]

Fan Sites/Further Reading


  1. ^ from "Let's talk fanmixes" thread at Fail-Fandomanon, 12-13 Dec 2011. (Accessed 20 Dec 2011)
  2. ^ Re: AO3/Hugo Wank - yet another filk