Video: Leonard Cohen’s Brilliant 1988 Oslo Performances & Interview on Israeli-Palestinian Politics, Montreal, Songwriter Vs Poet, Parking Meters & More

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Leonard Cohen’s Plans For Parking Meters

This video, first broadcast on Norwegian TV in May 1988, comprises an interview interspersed with performances from Cohen’s concert in Oslo Konserthus, Norway. In late 2009,. it was posted to YouTube, but soon afterward disappeared from the internet. Then, on Feb 9, 2014, it was resurrected.

The quality of the performances, the content of the interviews (which includes Cohen’s prose, poetry, and art as well as his music), the interviewer’s (Vera Kvaal) skills, and the video and audio recordings are uniformly excellent. The only obvious negative is the choice to sometimes interrupt the songs with interviews.

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Topics include Cohen’s ties to Montreal, Israeli-Palestinian politics, Cohen’s self-view as a songwriter Vs a poet, his greater popularity in Europe than in the US, and his plans to install new parking meters after he takes Manhattan and Berlin.

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Songs performed (some interrupted by interview segments) include First We Take Manhattan (complete), Joan Of Arc, I’m Your Man, Chelsea Hotel #2, Hallelujah, Tower Of Song, & Take This Waltz.

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Update: The video is also available at the  NRK site in a longer (1 minute) version.1

Leonard Cohen in Oslo 80’s
Video from Ft Mikke

Note: Originally posted Dec 1, 2009 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

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  1. Thanks to Martin, who alerted me to this NRK video []

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