“There is a fundamental reality where there are no genitals” Leonard Cohen

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From Read Leonard Cohen’s exclusive interview with Hot Press from 1988 by Joe Jackson (Hot Press: 11 Nov 2016)

Credit Due Department: Photo by Gorupdebesanez (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Leonard Cohen is Artist X; Bob Dylan is Artist Y

cdiThe latest entry in the Leonard Cohen is Artist X; Bob Dylan is Artist Y was published yesterday:

Were Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen the Mozart and Beethoven of 20th-Century Folk Rock? By Sara Schabas (Musical Toronto: February 22, 2017

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Leonard Cohen is John Donne to Bob Dylan’s Shakespeare by Edward Docx (The Guardian: Nov 19, 2016)

And Leonard himself put it this way:

“Dylan’s achievement is so monumental. He was the Picasso. I’m the Matisse. I love Matisse, but I’m in awe of Picasso.” Leonard Cohen1

And, just to mix things up, let’s change Bob Dylan to Phil Collins:

In 1995 Cohen’s manager, Kelley Lynch, put together Tower of Song, a set of his compositions sung by bigger stars including Sting and Bono. She asked Phil Collins, who turned her down.

Cohen himself sent Collins a fax, saying: “Would Beethoven refuse the invitation of Mozart?” Collins faxed back: “No, unless Beethoven was on a world tour at the time.”

Cohen understood: “It’s kind of a pain in the ass, to think about somebody else’s dismal songs when you’re not even in the studio.”2

The Cohen-Dylan Interface

All posts about Leonard Cohen’s & Bob Dylan’s opinions of each other, their meetings, and comparisons by others can be found at

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  1. From “Cohen’s Future Is Now” by Jim Slotek: Toronto Sun, November 19, 1992 []
  2. From  Who held a gun to Leonard Cohen’s head? by Tim de Lisle (The Guardian, 17 September 2004) []

Sylvie Simmons on Leonard Cohen at SHED: Healdsburg, CA March 2, 2017

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Healdsburg Literary Guild, SHED, Levin & Co, Booksellers and Medlock Ames present Sylvie Simmons

From Healdsburg Literary Guild official press release

British author/rock journalist/recording artist, Sylvie Simmons will tell tales from the dark yet brilliant path of Leonard Cohen at SHED, 25 North Street, Healdsburg, March 2, 2017, 7-8:30. She will read from NY Times Bestselling biography, I’m Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen, and sing some Leonard Cohen songs, accompanying herself as she has on tours all around the world on her ukulele.

Enjoy Sylvie, and get tastes of Medlock Ames wines, have some of the special bites prepared by SHED chef Perry Hoffman. You have a chance to buy Sylvie’s books thanks to Levin & Co Booksellers. All this for $15.  More information and tickets can be accessed at Luminarias Features Rock Journalist Sylvie Simmons

Sylvie’s seven-year odyssey researching and writing the Cohen biography resulted in a magnificent book that garnered serious critical acclaim, international fame and “Best Biography of the Year” award from NPR’s All Things Considered. Long a journalist, Sylvie is also a singer songwriter as well as the author of biographies of Serge Gainsbourg and Neil Young as well as fiction and poetry.

“Until you have children and live with a woman, it’s just dating for the junior prom.” Leonard Cohen

Adam Cohen in arms of his mother, Suzanne Elrod, with father, Leonard Cohen, & grandmother, Masha Cohen – Montreal 1972 . Posted Feb 13, 2014 by Adam Cohen at Leonard Cohen Facebook page

Adam Cohen in arms of his mother, Suzanne Elrod, with father, Leonard Cohen, & grandmother, Masha Cohen – Montreal 1972 . Posted Feb 13, 2014 by Adam Cohen at Leonard Cohen Facebook page

From Unful’phil’ed: Cohen & Spector’s Looney Tunes by Hugh Seidman. Crawdaddy: Feb 1978.

Credit Due Department: I was alerted to this article by Jugurtha Harchaoui. Originally posted July 27, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Tribute to Leonard Cohen: Barcelona Feb 25, 2017

tribFrom Ateneu Roig Facebook Page [via Google Translate]:

Saturday at 19:00 we do a tribute to Leonard Cohen, watch videos and enjoy with the live versions of Jorcx and maybe have some more surprises.

Credit Due Department: Thanks to Laurence of Paris who forwarded this photo and to her friend Josep Tomà, who took the shot