Leonard Cohen Interprets Bob Dylan’s Comparison: “As far as I’m concerned, Leonard, you’re Number 1. I’m Number Zero.”

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After a while, he [Bob Dylan] told Cohen that a famous songwriter of the day had told him, “O.K., Bob, you’re Number 1, but I’m Number 2.”

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Then Dylan says to me, ‘As far as I’m concerned, Leonard, you’re Number 1. I’m Number Zero.’ Meaning, as I understood it at the time—and I was not ready to dispute it—that his work was beyond measure and my work was pretty good.quotedown2

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Leonard Cohen Makes It Darker by David Remnick (New Yorker: October 17, 2016)

2 thoughts on “Leonard Cohen Interprets Bob Dylan’s Comparison: “As far as I’m concerned, Leonard, you’re Number 1. I’m Number Zero.”

  1. Alex

    The first thing I thought, as a sporadic Tarot reader, was that zero/0 is the first card in the deck(the Fool)and 1 is the second…..the Magician……make of that what you will…..

    Alex