Nick Cave On Leonard Cohen: “He was the one who kind of drew back the curtain and showed us things that no one else had ever dared to expose.”

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“You know, Leonard had such a huge impact on so many of us,” he says. “He was the one who kind of drew back the curtain and showed us things that no one else had ever dared to expose. In Wangaratta, where I grew up, my best friend’s sister bought Songs of Love and Hate. We listened to it out in her back shed on her record player, over and over again, night after night. We were basically having our young innocent minds perverted, and the course of lives changed, listening to that dark, sinister, ­sacred music. There probably should have been a law against that record.

The singer describes Cohen’s death in ­November last year as “devastating”. “It came at such a crazy time, you know, with [Donald] Trump being elected and all,” he says. “I think for a lot of people it just felt like the last f..king straw. It felt so personal.”

From ‘I was a mess, big time’ – Nick Cave by Iain Shedden (The Weekend Australian Review: January 14-15, 2017).

Credit Due Department: Thanks to Maria Cohen Viana, who alerted me to this article. Photo by Alterna2 http://www.alterna2.com – originally posted to Flickr as Grinderman en el Summercase 08 de Barcelona, CC BY 2.0, via Wikipedia