Hear, Download Jennifer Warnes “Famous Blue Raincoat” LP Showcase – Munich 1987

Because I may not know music, but I know what you should like
… and where to find it

This is a very good audience recording.of Jennifer Warnes’ “Famous Blue Raincoat” LP Showcase, Park-Café, Munich, West Germany; April 15, 1987. “Famous Blue Raincoat” is, of course, an album of Jennifer Warnes’ performances of  songs by Leonard Cohen.

From the download site:

In January 1987, Jennifer Warnes released her sixth studio album, Famous Blue Raincoat, a tribute to Leonard Cohen, with whom she had toured as a backup singer in the 1970s. The idea for the album originated when Cohen assisted Warnes with the lyrics of “Song of Bernadette” while on tour in 1979. Warnes is probably best known for her duet with Joe Cocker on Up Where We Belong, which appeared in the 1982 movie, An Officer and a Gentleman.

The recording includes Leonard Cohen’s introduction of Jennifer Warnes, in which he sardonically informs the audience they can continue to laugh and talk as well as expressing his discontent with his record label.

Track 01. introduction 1:54
Track 02. Cohen talk 5:49
Track 03. Bird on the Wire 5:41
Track 04. Coming Back to You 6:36
Track 05. Famous Blue Raincoat 6:55
Track 06. The Hunter 4:31
Track 07. Ain’t No Cure for Love 4:36
Track 08. I Can’t Hide 6:07
Track 09. First We Take Manhattan 7:05
Track 10. Song of Bernadette 5:02

The files are already in MP3 format available for download directly from the site, thus avoiding the need to enter codes, decompress the files, or deal with the hassles of services such as Rapidshare. The files are also tagged (correctly, as far as I can determine) with the name of the song, the artist, and “Leonard Cohen – Birmingham 1979” listed as the album name. Only the cover art, available on site, need be added post-download.

This bootleg can be downloaded at ROIO – Jennifer Warnes’ “Famous Blue Raincoat” LP Showcase

Leonard Cohen Tribute at Le Théâtre Antoine in Paris – May 15, 2017

Dominique BOILE alerts us to a Leonard Cohen Tribute to be held at Le Théâtre Antoine in Paris on May 15, 2017. The Tribute will include

  • An exhibition of drawings and paintings by Sandra Zémor
  • A poetry reading by Laurent Natrella from La Comédie Française
  • Musical interludes by Jean-Claude Ghrenassia and his band.

Information about the event is offered in the brochure, which can be downloaded in two parts at Brochure1 and Brochure2

“Poetry in McGregor” A Weekend of Leonard Cohen: Western Cape, South Africa – May 26-28 2017

“A weekend of music, films and tributes to honour this great musician”

Events Include

  • A Tribute To Leonard Cohen by Roger Lucey
  • Leonard Cohen I’m Your Man Directed by Lian Lunson
  • Luncheon With Leonard Cohen Poetry Readings
  • Bird On A Wire Documentary Directed by Tony Palmer
  • Wahnfried: Koos Van Der Merwe Singing Leonard Cohen Songs
  • Leonard Cohen Live In London

Suggested donation for all films – R30.00pp

More information and bookings at A Weekend of Leonard Cohen

Video: Jackson Browne Performs Leonard Cohen’s A Thousand Kisses Deep Accompanied By Alex Bublitchi And Javier Mas 2012

Jackson Browne performing Leonard Cohen’s “A Thousand Kisses Deep” on June 10, 2012 at McCabe’s Guitar Shop. Browne is accompanied by several musicians, including Alex Bublitchi, the new violinist for the 2012 Leonard Cohen Old Ideas World Tour, and Javier Mas, veteran of the 2008-2010 Leonard Cohen World Tour, both of whom have been in and continue be in rehearsal for the 2012 Tour.

Note: Originally posted June 26, 2012 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Gary Snider Plays Leonard Cohen: Dance Me To The End Of Love

Gary Snider is a Canadian musician living in Denmark for the past 43 years. He writes

I have known Cohen’s music since I was a teenager but first turned my attention to learning his songs 14 months ago. Encouraged by my partner, I have studied and collected a repertoire of Cohen songs that I perform live. I sense that many people who come to my concerts have an emotional connection with his music that is connected to important events in their own lives. To my great surprise, most know little about Leonard, his song texts or what they are about. However they are interested to learn more and it feels right to recite excerpts of his texts and give some insight into the meaning and circumstances of his songs and his life. I have found both a meaningful interest and a ‘mission’.

More about Gary at his official website