Sylvie Simmons is one of the best-known names in British rock writing - she has interviewed every musician worth talking to. She has talked about sex with Marianne Faithfull, disco with Mick Jagger, the draft with Tom Waits, car crash songs with Lou Reed, and close-danced with Bo Diddley. She spent three years sifting through the minutiae of Leonard Cohen’s life for her biography, I'm Your Man. ABC Radio National’s Robbie Buck will join Sylvie for a discussion about this mesmerising, complex and beautiful book that The New York Times has described as ‘The major, soul-searching biography that Leonard Cohen deserves’.
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Sylvie Simmons (International)
Sylvie Simmons is a renowned music journalist and award-winning writer. A Londoner, she moved to LA in the late 70’s where she began writing about rock music for Sounds, Creem and Kerrang!, then Rolling Stone and the Guardian. Her books include biographies of Neil Young and Serge Gainsbourg, as well as an acclaimed cult short story collection Too Weird For Ziggy. Her latest book is the New York Times bestseller I'm Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen, named the best biography of 2012 in the US. When she's not writing about music, Sylvie writes for MOJO magazine in the UK and performs with a ukulele.
Involved in broadcasting for over two decades, Robbie Buck made his radio debut hosting a classical music show in Lismore. Robbie would go on to work for community station 2SER, before moving to SBS as a sound engineer. During his career he’s hosted programs including Home and Hosed, the Australian music show on triple j, and Alchemy, a weekly electronic show on SBS TV. He hosted Evenings on ABC Local Radio for two years, and now presents The Inside Sleeve on ABC Radio National.