Quality Video: Leonard Cohen Performs Democracy – Malmo 2010


demomalmoIt’s coming through a hole in the air
From those nights in Tiananmen Square
It’s coming from the feel
That this ain’t exactly real
Or it’s real, but it ain’t exactly there

Leonard Cohen – Democracy
Malmö Sweden: Aug 4, 2010
Video by coolcohen100

Note: Originally posted Aug 9, 2010 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen Talks About Why He Is More Popular In Europe Than America



Danny Fields: You’re the biggest star in the world in Europe.

Leonard Cohen: I’m a big act there, no question about it.

Danny Fields: Do you think it’s because you work there more, or because you pay more attention to Europe than America, or what?

Leonard Cohen: Maybe it’s because they can’t understand the lyrics.

Danny Fields: Do you look forward to the same vast acceptance in America?

Leonard Cohen: I don’t think it will happen in America. I don’t think the American tradition can accommodate a personage like that.

Danny Fields: What are the dimensions of that personage in Europe that can’t carry over the ocean?

Leonard Cohen: I think that that kind of singer is in the mainstream in Europe, and here it’s an eccentric kind of thing. I really think that the American music is black and Western, and whatever the permutations and combinations of those two things are. I don’t know if a chansonnier really fits into that.

From Leonard Cohen Looks at Himself  by Danny Fields. Soho Weekly News, Vol. 1, #9. Dec 5, 1974.

Credit Due Department: This outstanding interview was discovered and contributed by Jugurtha Harchaoui. Note: Originally posted Jan 21, 2014 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen Appears At Bottom Line; Harry Chapin Drops In – 1974



Note: Leonard Cohen performed at the Bottom Line in New York City on Nov 29, Nov 30, and Dec 1, 1974 (two shows each night). And, Harry Chapin wasn’t the only celebrity musician to visit; Judy Collins & Janis Ian also came by (see photo at link).

Credit Due Department: Clippings are from Jem Treadwell’s Leonard Cohen Scrapbook

Songs Of Leonard Cohen #2 On Uncut’s 50 Best Singer-Songwriter Albums


2. Leonard Cohen
Songs Of Leonard Cohen
(Columbia, 1967)

A key album for any singer-songwriter intent on turning real life experiences into song, Cohen’s debut is scattered with names, places and events explicitly drawn from his first 33 years. “Suzanne” recalls his ritualistic – and platonic – meetings in Montreal with Suzanne Verdal, while the titular woman of “So Long, Marianne” is Marianne Jensen, his lover and muse for much of the ’60s. “Sisters Of Mercy”, which dramatises a night spent with two women in an Edmonton hotel room, is the first of countless Cohen songs seeking spiritual salvation from a sensual encounter. His songs turned inward to much darker effect on Songs Of Love And Hate, but his debut album set the standard.

Uncut’s 50 Best Singer-Songwriter Albums by Tom Pinnock (Uncut: June 12, 2015)

“I feel much closer to the French chansonnier than I do to any English poet.” Leonard Cohen

From A Session With Poet Cohen by Jon Whyte et al. The Gateway: December 2, 1966 (The Gateway is the student newspaper of The University of Alberta)