Bob Dylan Congratulates PEN Lyrics Award Winners Chuck Berry “Shakespeare Of Rock And Roll” & Leonard Cohen “Kafka Of The Blues”

To Chuck, the Shakespeare of rock and roll, congratulations on your PEN award, that’s what too much monkey business will get ya . . . Say hello to Mr. Leonard, Kafka of the blues, and Lord Byron Keith [Richards] if he shows up. In all seriousness, Chuck, congratulations on this prestigious honor. You have indeed written the book with a capital B, and congratulations to Leonard, who’s still writing it

Bob Dylan writing on the occasion of the 26 February 2012 PEN New England Song Lyrics of Literary Excellence Award Ceremony

Note: “Too Much Monkey business” refers to Berry’s song of the same name.

Chuck Berry – Too Much Monkey Business

\Note: Originally posted Feb 27, 2012 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

2013 Juno Awards: “Songwriter Of The Year pits Leonard Cohen against, well, people daring to be in a songwriter competition against Leonard Cohen.”

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I’ve extracted and highlighted the Cohen-pertinent portions from Juno Awards 2013 by Joshua Ostroff. Huffington Post: Feb 19, 2013:

If you ever needed evidence of the diversity in Canadian music – or the fact that the Junos can be a bit of an Oprah “You get a car! You get a car! You get a car!” love-in – you couldn’t do better than the Juno Fan Choice category, which bundles together Drake, Carly Rae Jepsen, Metric, Celine Dion, Justin Bieber, Leonard Cohen, Marianas Trench, Michael Buble, Nickelback and Hedley. … That said, both legendary oldsters got shut out of the Album of the Year prize, despite Cohen’s number one debut for “Old Ideas.”

Cohen did, however, get a nominee for Artist of the Year alongside Jepsen and Bieber as well as EDM overlord Deadmau5 and Irish-Canadian country singer Johnny Reid.

Songwriter of the year pits Leonard Cohen against, well, people daring to be in a songwriter competition against Leonard Cohen. Kathleen Edwards, Bahamas, Hannah Georgas and Arkells are all great songwriters, but this one should already be on Cohen’s mantle.

Adam Cohen, Leonard’s son, also got a Juno nomination for the awards newest category Adult Contemporary, though he’s facing off against Celine Dion so, uh, bonne chance.

A complete list of all 2013 Juno Award nominees can be found at Brooklyn Vegan

Update: Leonard Cohen was indeed named Juno Artist Of The Year and Juno Songwriter Of The Year for 2013. See Leonard Cohen Adds Songwriter Of The Year Title To Artist Of The Year At 2013 Juno Awards

Note: Originally posted February 19, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen Named 2008 Montreal’s Best Singer/Songwriter, Most Desirable Man, Best-Dressed Man, & Best Local Living Author – But Only #2 in “Closest To Sainthood”

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In the 19th Annual Best Of Montreal Readers Poll (2008), voters selected Leonard Cohen the Best Singer/Songwriter, Most Desirable Man, Best-Dressed, and  Best Local Living Author.  He ranked only #2, however, in the category, “Closest To Sainthood.”1

I’ll leave the interpretation of these findings to the reader.

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  1. Source: Montreal Mirror – Best of Montreal 2008 (Update: no longer online) []

Signs Of Leonard Cohen: Massey Hall Bulletin Board Update – 2012 Glenn Gould Prize, Toronto

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Arlene Dick captured the 7 AM adjustment of the sign on Massey Hall announcing the Leonard Cohen-Glenn Gould Prize ceremonies scheduled for tonight [at time of original posting]. For comparison, see Signs Of Leonard Cohen: Massey Hall Bulletin Board – 2012 Glenn Gould Prize Toronto

Note: Originally posted May 14, 2012 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Signs Of Leonard Cohen: Massey Hall Bulletin Board – 2012 Glenn Gould Prize Toronto

mh-billboardx-scaled500The modest bulletin board on the front of Massey Hall in Toronto lists the investiture of Leonard Cohen as the Ninth Laureate of the Glenn Gould Prize to be held at that site. (Also see Signs Of Leonard Cohen: Massey Hall Bulletin Board Update – 2012 Glenn Gould Prize, Toronto)

massey-hall-left-billboardx-scaled1000Credit Due Department: Photos taken May 13, 2014 by Arlene Dick

Note: Originally posted May 14, 2012 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Video: Leonard Cohen’s Acceptance Speech At 2012 Glenn Gould Prize Ceremony

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Leonard Cohen Tells Of Meeting Glenn Gould

Leonard Cohen Acceptance Speech-Glenn Gould Prize Gala Concert
Massey Hall, Toronto: May 14, 2012
Video by Arlene Dick

Update: For related discussion, including details of Leonard Cohen’s interview with Glenn Gould, see Leonard Cohen Wins Hearts As Well As Glenn Gould Prize With Gracious Donation & Speech

Note: Originally posted May 15, 2012 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric