Video Interview: Leonard Cohen On Edith Piaf, Dominique Issermann, Israel, Terrorism, Monastery Life, Songwriting … (1988)

Leonard Cohen The Incorrigible Poet

This gem of an interview first appeared online in 2009 but has never received the attention it deserves. The video was translated and uploaded by Thelma Thelma Blitz.  The original description (from YouTube) follows:

1988 interview on French TV with journalist Patrick Poivre d’Arvor, popular newscaster known for his appreciation of literature. Cohen is just on the verge of present “First We Take Manhattan” through a video clip by Dominique Issermann. The interview shift from fantasy terrorists to politics in the Middle East where Leonard tells the TV audience that’s what goes on there is everyone’s problem, not just the Israeli’s or the Jews’ problem. Thanks to Margaret of the Leonard Cohen files for sending me this interview ( maybe she hoped I’d translate and share it) and to Jarkko Arjatsalo , webmaster of the Leonard Cohen files for sending it to her. Also, the philipchek of YouTube and Paris for checking my transcript, adding words I missed , and insuring the accuracy of my translation.

Leonard Cohen The Incorrigible Poet, Part 1

 

Leonard Cohen The Incorrigible Poet, Part 2

Note: Originally posted Aug 21, 2009 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

2 Replies to “Video Interview: Leonard Cohen On Edith Piaf, Dominique Issermann, Israel, Terrorism, Monastery Life, Songwriting … (1988)”

  1. Puddingdale

    Wow, that was interesting. Especially now that LC is about to travel to Israel and give a concert people think they can fight about.
    Thank you very much for the translation, too. I wouldn’t have been able to understand half of it at that speed. Will there be a second part in which we get the answers of the audience, too?