Leonard Cohen talks to Ken Stewart about his roots in this 8 April 1985 RTÉ Radio interview, which was posted online as part of the Canadian singer-songwriter’s 80th birthday celebration. Happily, it remains available (as of time of posting). RTE describes the interview:
He recalls the bearded gentlemen of his family and his early love of country music. He was always writing songs, poetry and novels, but says he didn’t think of recording until his early 30s and is drawn to economical expression.
Access this recording at RTE Archives
Note: Originally posted September 22, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric