Leonard Cohen Attributes Refinement In His Music To Self-Confidence & Gain In Self-Confidence To Bob Johnston


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I used to be petrified with the idea of going on the road and presenting my work. I often felt that the risks of humiliation were too wide. But with the help of my last producer, Bob Johnston, I gained the self-confidence I felt was necessary. My music now is much more highly refined. When you are again in touch with yourself and you feel a certain sense of health, you feel somehow that the prison bars are lifted, and you start hearing new possibilities in your workquotedown2

Leonard Cohen

From Leonard Cohen: Cohen’s New Skin by Harvey Kubernik. Melody Maker: 1 March 1975. Accessed at We Are Cult Originally posted December 19, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

4 Replies to “Leonard Cohen Attributes Refinement In His Music To Self-Confidence & Gain In Self-Confidence To Bob Johnston”

  1. Joan King

    He certainly should have been confident, the fact that he was so talented in so many directions. He must have been every teachers dream to have such a talented pupil in school.

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    1. DrHGuy Post author

      There is a story, perhaps apocryphal but nonetheless telling, that Louis Dudek, poet, literary critic, founder of Contact Press, a publisher of poetry, McGill Professor of Modern Poetry, and the man Robin Blaser called “Canada’s most important—that is to say, consequential modern voice,” knighted a kneeling Leonard Cohen “Poet” with one of Cohen’s manuscripts rolled-up into a suitable dubbing sword.

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  2. MaryB

    And then there is the story of the Beacon Theater show. Apparently Bob Johnston was there and asked to see LC, but because of the strict policy of no one backstage to see LC, he never got in.
    Alan, so you have anymore info on this? Was this true?

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