Hallelujah. The Holy Or The Broken Book Interview With Alan Light

Acclaimed music journalist and author Alan Light (who earlier this year co-wrote Gregg Allman’s memoir My Cross To Bear) chronicles the path of Leonard Cohen’s song “Hallelujah” in The Holy or The Broken: Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley and the Unlikely Ascent of “Hallelujah”.  While the song has achieved great success and seems commonplace now, it almost never got recorded.  “Hallelujah” took Cohen 7-8 years to write.  There were originally 70-80 verses and it appeared on an album that went unreleased by Cohen’s label at the time, Columbia. 

Light traces the many incarnations of the song and the diverse artists who sang them, including Renee Fleming, Willie Nelson, k.d. Lang, and of course Buckley, who discovered the song through the John Cale version that was on the album “I’m Your Fan”.  
 
In this interview we talk about the curious and complex history of “Hallelujah”, what makes the song so enduring, and why Bono apologizes for his own version.

Buy The Holy or the Broken: Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley, and the Unlikely Ascent of “Hallelujah”

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