Cincinnati Edition
8:02 am
Sun April 20, 2014

The Holy or the Broken, Story of "Hallelujah"

  How did one obscure song become an international anthem for human triumph and tragedy, a song each successive generation seems to feel they have discovered and claimed as uniquely their own? Celebrated music journalist Alan Light follows the improbable journey of “Hallelujah” straight to the heart of popular culture in his book, “The Holy or the Broken.” Mark Perzel talked with Alan Light about “Hallelujah,” and its unlikely ascent.

A couple of favorite versions, from Jeff Buckley, and Leonard Cohen.

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