Signs Of Leonard Cohen: “Warning! Driver under the influence of Leonard Cohen” Bumper Stickers

bumer1Both of these examples of the “Warning! Driver under the influence of Leonard Cohen” bumper stickers are courtesy of Mandy MacLeod. The first specimen is on her saxophone case and the second is emblazoned across her cat carrier. A third Leonard Cohen bumper sticker was affixed to one of her motorcycles that has since been sold.


Note: Originally posted August 18, 2011 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric

The Extraordinary Program Of The 2012 Leonard Cohen Old Ideas World Tour


Front cover

Dominique BOILE sends these scans of a few of the 52 pages of what he describes as “the extraordinary tour program printed on very high quality paper.”

While I am usually not taken with Tour Programs, this 33 cm x 24 cm (12.99 inch x 9.45 inch) program is indeed impressive. Within just these eight images are several elements worthy of special note:

  • Exquisite Detail: Check out the fragments of Cohen’s handwriting in the background of the blowup from the cover (Image #2)
  • Sticker Shock – of the good sort: Stickers of logos used for The Future album, stickers of Unified Hearts logos, stickers of Cohen’s art, stickers of the Old Ideas album cover elements, … stickers, stickers, stickers. (Image #3)
  • Hard To Find Photos: “Hard to find” is code for “I haven’t seen these before,” a description which applies to two photos in Image #4 and one photo in Image #8.
  • Dominique Issermmann’s Photos Of Leonard Cohen: What else do I need to say?
  • Leonard Cohen’s Handwritten Notes: Image #6 is a page from Cohen’s notes for the lyrics of “Show Me The Place.”  I love handwritten notes used to create literary work; you should, too.

Blowup of top left corner of front cove


Note: Originally posted August 17, 2012 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric

The Matchless, Much Covered Leonard Cohen On 1972 Matchbox Cover

matchoxLeonard Cohen is Card E 116 in the Vlinder Match Cover Film, TV, and Music Stars series. Manufactured in The Netherlands from the late 1950s through the mid-1970s, over 800 of these paper thin 1 3/8? x 2? cards were employed as labels on match boxes (these cards are often found in less than perfect condition because they are easily damaged in the process of removing them from the match box). Other music stars on Vlinder match covers include Elvis Presley in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s, the Beatles from the 1960s to the early days after their breakup, Roy Orbison, Frankie Avalon, Dusty Springfield, Nancy Sinatra, Neil Diamond, The Supremes, Barbra Streisand, Sonny and Cher, Ray Stevens, Chubby Checker, Elton John, Cat Stevens, Donna Summer, Tom Jones, Black Sabbath, The Who, Mick Jagger, and other members of the Rolling Stones.

Credit Due Department: From the private collection of Dominique BOILE


Note: Originally posted November 14, 2012 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric