Prior to the 2012 Bergen concert, the press discovered Leonard Cohen chowing down on an ice cream cone in the company of Sharon Robinson & Roscoe Beck and captured the scene in these photos that are now archived in Cohencentric’s Ice Cream & Frozen Confections category.
The resulting article, Sist jeg var her var i 1865 by Ørjan Nilsson (BA: Aug 27, 2012) also reported that the Canadian singer-songwriter had purchased a hot dog earlier and this interaction [via Google Translate]:
Reporter: You’ve been here before. Do you remember anything of Bergen concerts in 1988?
Leonard Cohen: I think it was in 1865, just after the Civil War
Laughter from the tour crew ensues
Note: Originally posted Aug 28, 2012 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric
On Sept 16, 2014, Leonard Cohen met with the press at the Canadian High Commission in London to preview his new album, Popular Problems, and answer questions. While this Q&A was broadcast at a later date, it was only 16 minutes of a one hour program that also included fragments of songs from the album, cover versions, commentary, and chatter.
Thanks to audio editing by AlanM5049, that filler has been stripped, producing a naked version of the session.
I’ve added visual elements, including photos, graphics, lyrics, and such, but – and this is key – none of these are essential to the overall experience. Some viewers may enjoy the view; others may find it distracting. In any case, feel free to turn the video on, lean back, close your eyes, and just listen to 16 minutes of Leonard Cohen talking about songwriting, collaborating with Patrick Leonard, smoking, his Jewish background, …
Leonard Cohen Q&A At London Popular Problems Preview – Naked
Sept 16, 2014
Video by Allan Showalter
Credit Due Department: Photo atop this post shared by High Commission of Canada in the United Kingdom Facebook page
Note: Originally posted Oct 6, 2014 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric
The best known specimen in this exclusive group is, of course, Leonard Cohen’s 1977 “Death Of A Ladies’ Man” (shown above). From left to right on the Cohen record sleeve are Eva LaPierre,1 Leonard Cohen, and Suzanne Elrod, the mother of Adam and Lorca Cohen. The album notes credit the shot to “Anonymous Roving Photographer At A Forgotten Polynesian Restaurant.” To view the photo on which the cover art is based, see The Origin Of Leonard Cohen’s Death Of A Ladies’ Man Album Cover Art.
The album cover of Pete Townshend’s 1980 “Empty Glass” (shown below) is the latest addition – after a three and a half year lag – to this group of albums.
The oldest known specimen in this category, however, is 1977 Art Garfunkel’s “Breakaway.”
Released in 2000, the cover of Mike Randle’s “My Music Loves You (Even If I Don’t)” intentionally and accurately recreates the front of Leonard Cohen’s “Death Of a Ladies Man.” For good measure, the back and spine of Randle’s album also mimics Cohen’s.
Update: Oct 28, 2013: Another entry, Greg Ashley’s “Death of a Ladies’ Man” album contains Ashley’s covers of the Leonard Cohen-Phil Spector songs from Cohen’s “Death of a Ladies’ Man” album. The cover art is, fittingly, an emulation of the cover of the original Cohen album.
Note: Originally posted Nov 5, 2011 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric
- Eva LaPierre is described as “a French Canadian model Cohen had met on Hydra some years earlier” in Nadel’s Various Positions. Personal communication with her daughter, Lex Fulgore, however, reveals that Eva LaPierre was Hungarian, having been born in Budapest. [↩]
Warning Sign #14: You May Be A Leonard Cohen Fan If – Your first thought on hearing Jay Leno is appearing in your town is “Hey, didn’t Cohen sing The Future on Leno’s show 20+ years ago?”
I Have Seen The Future, Baby – And It’s Abridged
In support of The Future album (released November 24, 1992), Leonard Cohen appeared on a number of TV shows, including the 16 April 1993 Tonight Show with Jay Leno. According to Diamonds In The Mine, Cohen performed a shortened version of The Future (with “Give me crack and anal sex” changed to “Give me speed and careless sex”). In post-performance banter, Cohen noted
It was very gracious of you to invite me to chop this song in half
Perla Batalla and Julie Christensen, however, were not only complete but were in fine form.
Since the publication of the official criteria for the prototypical Leonard Cohen Fan Diagnosis, 301.LC Cohenphilic Personality Disorder, the Cohencentric Leonard Cohen Fan Disorders Asylum and Sanitarium has received numerous messages asking if one or another behavior is a symptom characteristic of a Leonard Cohen fan. Consequently, Cohencentric is publishing, as a public service, signs which indicate that one is at high risk of being a full-fledged Leonard Cohen fan.
All published You May Be A Leonard Cohen Fan If … entries can be found at the You May Be A Leonard Cohen Fan If … Page
Note: Originally posted Jun 17, 2010 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric
And who by fire, who by water,
Who in the sunshine, who in the night time,
Who by high ordeal, who by common trial,
Who in your merry merry month of may,
Who by very slow decay,
And who shall I say is calling?
Best 2012 Leonard Cohen Videos: Cohencentric.com features selections from the Best Of 2012 Leonard Cohen Tour Video Setlist, which comprises the best available video of each of the songs performed during the 2012 Leonard Cohen World Tour.
Leonard Cohen – Who By Fire Featuring Javier Mas Solo
Verona: Sept 24, 2012
Video by Juraj M. at a1000kissesdeep
To find a song that I can sing, to engage my interest, to penetrate my boredom with myself and my disinterest in my own opinions, to penetrate those barriers, the song has to speak to me with a certain urgency.
From a 1992 interview with Leonard Cohen published in Songwriters on Songwriting by Paul Zollo. Da Capo Press: 1997. Originally posted August 22, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric
This is not the only time a photo was taken of bagpipes being played for Leonard Cohen. It happened again 70+ years later at the ceremonies of the 2011 Prince of Asturias Awards in Oviedo; check it out at Cohen se quita el sombrero ante los gaiteros asturianos by Lucía González (El Mundo: Oct 18, 2011)
Credit Due Department: Thanks to Maarten Massa for access to these images. Originally posted June 27, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric
I heard of a man
who says words so beautifully
that if he only speaks their name
women give themselves to him.
If I am dumb beside your body
while silence blossoms like tumors on our lips.
it is because I hear a man climb stairs and clear his throat outside the
Silence is a concept Leonard Cohen often addressed. The Articulate Silence Of Leonard Cohen is a collection of posts comprising the poems, songs, quotations, and other works by Cohen focusing on the absence of sound.
Paul Zollo, Songwriters on Songwriting, Da Capo Press, 2003.
The Cohen-Dylan Interface
All posts about Leonard Cohen’s & Bob Dylan’s opinions of each other, their meetings, and comparisons by others can be found at
Tribute begins at 8 PM at La Felpa. For information, see Associació La Felpa
Thanks to Chema of Barcelona, who alerted me to this tribute