Now Online: 1988 Leonard Cohen Icelandic TV Documentary – Performances & Interview

Icelandic National Broadcasting Service’s 1988 Leonard Cohen documentary, featuring interviews and selections from Leonard Cohen’s June 24, 1988 Reykjavik concert, has been a now you see it, now you don’t online phenomenon. Gordana Stupar alerts us that we are currently in a now you see it state – but only until Sept 1, 2017.

Here’s why you need to see this video:  First of all, the 1988 Reykjavik concert was one of Leonard Cohen’s most moving performances. I was so taken with that show’s rendition of Hallelujah that I created Video: Leonard Cohen’s Gorgeous Performance Of Hallelujah – Reykjavik 1988 when an earlier online iteration evaporated. I had also ranked the recording of The Partisan from that show as my favorite live version of the song. An interview with Hrafn Gunnlaugsson, including a discussion of Leonard’s visit to the hot springs and Leonard’s secularized Hallelujah as well as an Icelandic cover of that song, is integrated alongside the performance clips.

Songs:and stage business from the concert that are featured in the documentary follow:

  • Joan Of Arc featuring Julie Christensen
  • Dance Me To The End Of Love
  • Hallelujah
  • Stranger Song
  • Like A Bird On The Wire
  • Suzanne
  • The Partisan
  • So Long Marianne
  • The Fake Stage Exit Before Encores
  • Take This Waltz with Introduction Invoking Lorca

The documentary can be viewed at Leonard Cohen 1988 Reykjavik Documentary.