U2, Wainwright Rock Cohen Film Soundtrack
U2, Rufus Wainwright, Nick Cave, Beth Orton, Jarvis Cocker and Antony are among the artists paying tribute to legendary singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen on the soundtrack to the new Cohen documentary "U2, Rufus Wainwright, Nick Cave, Beth Orton, Jarvis Cocker and Antony are among the artists paying tribute to legendary singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen on the soundtrack to the new Cohen documentary "I'm Your Man." The film opens July 14 in U.S. theaters, while the soundtrack arrives July 25 via Verve Forecast.
The bulk of the performances here were captured at Cohen tribute concerts staged by industry vet Hal Willner in Brighton, England in May 2004 and Sydney in January 2005. At the shows, Wainwright belted out "Chelsea Hotel" and "Everybody Knows," while Cave tackled the classic "Suzanne" and Pulp's Jarvis Cocker reimagined "I Can't Forget."
U2's collaboration with Cohen, "Tower of Song," was recorded separately at the tiny club the Slipper Room on New York's Lower East Side. Interviews with a number of the musicians from the concerts are also interspersed in the film with conversations with Cohen.
"I couldn't make this film without including him because I really wanted these songs to sort of be chapters in his life and blend him into the film in that way," director Lian Lunson told the Hollywood Reporter. "It was the challenge of trying to make that work with a concert with all of these performers and to bring him into the picture, as well, and include this sort of collage, so to speak, of his life through his poetry and his artwork."
Here is the track list for "I'm Your Man":
“Tower of Song,” Martha Wainwright
“The Future,” Teddy Thompson
“I’m Your Man,” Nick Cave
“Winter Lady,” Kate and Anna McGarrigle
“Sisters of Mercy,” Beth Orton
“Chelsea Hotel,” Rufus Wainwright
“If It Be Your Will,” Antony
“I Can’t Forget,” Jarvis Cocker
“Famous Blue Raincoat,” Handsome Family
“Bird on a Wire,” Perla Batalla
“Everybody Knows,” Rufus Wainwright
“The Traitor,” Martha Wainwright
“Suzanne,” Nick Cave
“Tonight Will Be Fine,” Teddy Thompson
“Anthem,” Julie Christensen and Perla Batalla
“Tower of Song,” Leonard Cohen and U2