Sylvie Simmons is an award-winning writer, the author of seven nonfiction and fiction books and a leading rock music journalist since the late 1970s, when she left her native London for Los Angeles to be the U.S. correspondent of the UK rock weekly Sounds. One of very few women included among the predominantly male rock writing elite, she was the subject of a BBC documentary, "The Rock Chick." She has written for almost every major music magazine and appeared in a great number of music documentaries and on radio and TV shows around the world.
Her books include highly-lauded biographies of Neil Young; Serge Gainsbourg (which J.G Ballard named his favorite book of the year); and "I'm Your Man: The Life Of Leonard Cohen" (2012), which she wrote with Cohen's co-operation. An international best-seller, it has been published in 28 languages, with an updated U.S. edition published in 2020. She also writes short stories, including the acclaimed cult fiction collection "Too Weird For Ziggy" (2004). Her most recent book is "Face It," a collaboration with Debbie Harry, in 2019.
Sylvie is also a singer-songwriter and recording artist. At the end of a lengthy, unorthodox "I'm Your Man" book tour that took her around the world, talking about Cohen and singing his songs, accompanying herself on a ukulele, she signed a record deal and released her first album of original songs, "Sylvie." Rosanne Cash called her "a punk Piaf." In 2020 Sylvie released her second full-length album, "Blue on Blue." Popmatters called it "Breathtaking." In September 2021 she published the dual digital album set "Let Me Lie Beside You ..." and "... One More Time."