Keith Richards & Paul Simon Pay Tribute To PEN Award Winners Chuck Berry & Leonard Cohen – 2012


Chuck Berry & Leonard Cohen were the recipients of the first annual PEN Awards for Songwriting Excellence at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston Feb 26, 2012

Leonard Cohen explains his refusal of 1968 Governor General’s Award for Literary Merit

Art is the verdict you give to writing that is important, but to write for art is wrong.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen

From People Are Talking About. Vogue: August 1969.

Leonard Cohen refused the prize awarded to his collection, The  Selected Poems 1956-1968

Note: Originally posted August 2, 2013 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Today’s Leonard Cohen Facebook Post Features His Remarkable Prince Of Asturias Awards Speech

Leonard Cohen's fedora left on chair during his talk

Leonard Cohen’s fedora left on chair during his talk

As ongoing readers may know, I occasionally post at the official Leonard Cohen Facebook Page. Today’s entry features his speech accepting The Prince Of Asturias Award In Letters given in Oviedo on October 21, 2011. Stop by and take a look at Leonard Cohen Facebook.