My father Leonard Cohen: singer and tuna salad expert
ARTS CORRESPONDENT LEONARD COHEN’S son says his famous father makes the “best tuna salad I’ve ever had”, Sir Rod Stewart concedes that he and his father would argue relentlessly over football, while Coldplay singer Chris Martin,
credits his father with him his “frontman” traits.
Welcome to the world of celebrity and its relationship with fatherhood.
Coinciding with Father’s Day today, new book
contains a selection of celebrity tributes to fatherhood.
Adam Cohen writes of singer Leonard: “I’ve had a very normal relationship with my father, with the exception that he’s terribly well known and, so it is said, one of the most important writers in his domain.”
Sir Rod says of his father Bob: “He giving wasn’t a man of many words, but he was extremely loving... He was a good dad. I loved him.” Tilda Swinton, the actress, reveals how her father lost his left leg in the war and how she secretly films him in the garden, while Paul Weller, the singer, also paid moving tribute to his father and former manager John, calling him his “best friend”. “He was very supportive of me; one of those dads that whatever I was into he’d be right behind me,” said the former frontman of the Jam. “When I was into football he got a football team together, even though I was the worst player on the pitch.” The new book is edited by Ted Kessler and inspired by a blog of the same name. Contributors also include Florence Welch, Nina Stibbe, Tim Burgess, Shami Chakrabarti, Richard Hawley and the sons and daughters of Ian Dury, Johnny Ball, and Roy Castle. The book is out now.