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Video: David Cook Talks Dave Grohl, New LP at His RS Photo Shoot

June 11, 2008 4:50 PM ET

The current issue of Rolling Stone features Austin Scaggs' conversation with David Cook, the American Idol champ who auditioned on a whim. Click below for the complete piece, and click above for a behind-the-scenes look at Cook's Rolling Stone photo shoot and find out what White Zombie song turned Cook on to rock music, why he admires Dave Grohl and who he wants to work with on his debut LP.

David Cook: America's Accidental Idol

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Song Stories

“Bird on a Wire”

Leonard Cohen | 1969

While living on the Greek island of Hydra, Cohen was battling a lingering depression when his girlfriend handed him a guitar and suggested he play something. After spotting a bird on a telephone wire, Cohen wrote this prayer-like song of guilt. First recorded by Judy Collins, it would be performed numerous times by artists incuding Johnny Cash, Joe Cocker and Rita Coolidge. "I'm always knocked out when I hear my songs covered or used in some situation," Cohen told Rolling Stone. "I've never gotten over the fact that people out there like my music."

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