Unusual Surfaces Autographed By Leonard Cohen

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Leonard Cohen has been a gracious signer of autographs, even in cases in which it was readily apparent his signature was requested in order to create a marketable commodity to retail on eBay.

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For the most part, those soliciting his autograph have asked that he sign a Leonard Cohen concert program or ticket, one of the novels or poetry books he has written, CDs, DVDs, or vinyl records of his music, posters featuring him, his drawings, the occasional wall (see image beow), random scraps of paper, and other predictable surfaces.1

A subcategory of professional autograph solicitors-sellers focus on obtaining and putting up for sale Cohen’s signature on various guitars, pickguards, and microphones. I have been told that several autograph seekers have asked the Canadian singer-songwriter to sign various denominations of currency (the American $20 bill seems to be featured in the majority of these anecdotes).2

Mel’s New York License Tag, Judy’s Pink iPhone Case, Roscoe’s Hat, & The Montreal Mollusk

Triggering the quest for atypical objects signed by Leonard Cohen was the confluence of Melanie Joss’s requited request for Leonard Cohen to autograph her license plate (pictured atop this post), as reported in Leonard Cohen, Mel, Tom, LNRDCOHN, & The Bolo Tie Slide, and my spontaneous discovery of  Judy Green’s iPhone case (pictured below) bearing Leonard Cohen’s signature.

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A Montreal restaurant displays Leonard’s signature on the half-shell (see Discovery Of Leonard Cohen Oyster Shell Manuscript Triggers Schism Among Cohentologists)

And, Of Course, There Was The Heartfelt Autograph

This is an animation from the Leonard Cohen – Bird On A Wire documentary of the 1972 tour.

What Else Has Leonard Cohen Signed?

I dunno. Has Leonard signed, perhaps a toaster, a MacBook Pro, a pillowcase, undergarments, a menu, a photo of Kris Kristofferson, a hockey stick, a group shot of his lookalikes (e.g., Leonard Nimoy, Dustin Hoffman, Neil Diamond, et al) … ?

Readers aware of such oddities are urged to contact DrHGuy with details.

Credit Due Department:

The photo of Melanie Joss’s license tag is contributed by Melanie and Tom Joss. The shot of Judy Green’s iPhone case was taken and offered by Judy Green.

Note: Originally posted Jan 22, 2011 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

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  1. By the way, is there a name for the object on which an autograph is written? Doesn’t it seem as though there should be a word for this? []
  2. These individuals were, no doubt, among those slackers who never heeded their fourth grade teacher’s repeated admonitions to always have paper and a pen or pencil on hand. []

Backstage Passes, Venue Documents & Setlist – 2013 Leonard Cohen Birmingham Show

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Dominique BOILE gives us a look behind the scenes with this set of documents for the September 8, 2013 Leonard Cohen Birmingham – LG Arena Show, including a display of backstage passes, the setlist (Dominique points out that the setlist is mislabeled “Manchester-Sept 8”), and the LG Arena Staff Briefing Sheets (I especially like the list of items to be confiscated).

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Leonard Cohen On Cover Of CBS Nouveaux Disques Sept 1974

cbsDominique BOILE offers this image of the cover of Nouveaux Disques Sept 27, 1974 (n° 352), a catalog sent by the CBS France Director of Sales to record sellers to inform them of the vinyl 7″ records (also known as 45s or singles) coming available. The lower quarter of the page features Leonard Cohen’s recording of  Lover Lover Lover  & Who By Fire (CBS 2699). Also on the cover are Gilles Olivier – La Faute Aux Photographies/Reviens Sur Tes Pas and GarfunkelSecond Avenue/Woyaya.

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1976 Lato Side: Leonard Cohen Lyrics In English & Italian With Illustrations

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Mariano Brustio offers these images from his copy of Lato Side No. 6 (Nov 28, 1976),1 which features the lyrics of Leonard Cohen’s songs “side by side” in English and Italian. The volume also includes Lato Side No. 8, Jan 13, 1977, dedicated to Paul Simon. Published by Anteditore (Italy).

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  1. Lato Side was a fortnightly magazine  of “music, poetry and art” published in poster format between 1976 and 1977 by Anteditore, Michele Straniero, Director. After 1977, Lato Side became a publishing house producing books of poetry, music, and film. Lato Side issues were – with few exceptions – monographs on Italian singers accompanied by illustrations and artwork. Source: Archivio Carta Stampata []

“The best concert Milwaukee has experienced” Fallout Covers 1975 Leonard Cohen Milwaukee Concert

coverbDominique BOILE forwards scans from the March 4-17 1975 edition of Fallout, a free newspaper published for a few years in the 1970s by the now defunct WZMF radio station (located in Menomonee Falls, serving the Milwaukee area).  Dominique writes:

This newspaper is extraordinary:

° Leonard on the cover (1 page).

° WZMF interview with Leonard Cohen by John Houghton (4 pages + a black & white picture by Bob Cavallo).

° Double page advert for “New Skin For The Old Ceremony” (with the picture of the U.S.A. cover).

° Double page summary by Jim Roberts from a concert unknown, unlisted:
Leonard Cohen performing Arts Center, Milwaukee on Tuesday night, February 25th 1975!!!  With two very nice pictures from the concert, in black & white, by Rick Kohlmeyer.

“Emily Bindiger and Gail Kantor supplied backing vocals and, at times,
played acoustic guitar”.

“The group was rounded out by Lewis Furey on bass guitar and stand-up bass”.

I’ve included a couple of excerpts from the Feb 25, 1975 concert review – the only full review I’ve found about this Milwaukee show – and will feature excerpts from the interview in future posts.

It appears that the author erred in naming Gail Kantor as vocalist and Lewis Furey on bass guitar and stand-up bass because of their involvement in recording the New Skin for the Old Ceremony album the previous year.

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The vocalists on the 1975 Tour were Emily Bindiger and Erin Dickins. John Miller played bass that year.

The following excerpt summarizes the concert review.

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