Photos: A Very Young Leonard Cohen, Sister Esther, & A Monkey (But No Plywood Violin)

monkeyAnd I thank you for those items that you sent me
The monkey and the plywood violin

First We Take Manhattan
By Leonard Cohen

Thanks to Maarten Massa for access to these images. And no, I don’t know the identity of the dark-haired girl in the shot atop this post. Originally posted Sept 13, 2014 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Video From Reimagined New Skin for the Old Ceremony: Leonard Cohen’s “There Is A War”

thereiswaLinda Sturgess discovered the video of Leonard Cohen’s “There Is A War” commissioned in 2010 by Lorca Cohen and Darin Klein as part of a reimagined version of Leonard Cohen’s 1974 album New Skin for the Old Ceremony. For more about this project, see Reimagined New Skin for the Old Ceremony Opens At MoMA April 14, 2011

There Is a War – Leonard Cohen
Music video by Lily Lanken and Sylvan Lanken.
Video uploaded by sylvan lanken

Note: Originally posted June 10, 2014 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“When I saw his courage that’s where I drew my courage from” Leonard Cohen On The Courage Of His Son, Adam

From Adam Cohen’s Facebook Page

From Adam Cohen’s Facebook Page

My son had a very serious car smash and I spent four months beside him in the hospital. That upset the process. A child being hurt like that is the parent’s nightmare. It calls on resources you never knew you had. He was badly hurt and when he perceived how badly hurt he was it represented a real assault on his morale. You’re ready to deal with your own disasters but not someone else’s. When I saw his courage that’s where I drew my courage from.quotedown2

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From “Hello! I Must Be Cohen” by Gavin Martin (New Musical Express, January 9, 1993)

Credit Due Department: Photo from Adam Cohen’s Facebook Page. Originally posted November 18, 2009 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen Lauds Elvis Presley, Sings “Can’t Help Falling in Love”


Note: The following content is extracted from earlier Cohencentric posts, Leonard Cohen on Elvis Presley and “Don’t” & “Are You Lonesome Tonight” By Elvis Presley Are On Leonard Cohen’s Jukebox. I’m re-posting it to commemorate this same material appearing at another site without attribution. See final section of this post for more Information.

“I was a huge fan of Elvis”
~ Leonard Cohen

I have plans to sing an Elvis song on stage soon. … – I was a huge fan of Elvis! I was in town until today and bought a compilation LP of the man. Soon you will hear me sing “Don’t” and “Are You Lonesome Tonight” – but not at the plate. My voice is too deep. 20,000 cigarettes have led my tone of voice three to four notches down too far.quotedown2

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From Bård Oses intervju med Leonard Cohen by Linn Gjerstad (BA: March 26, 2012) in Google Translation


“Presley had that special kind of voice”
~ Leonard Cohen

I was relieved that all the stuff we’d been feeling for so long found expression in Presley and in rock in general, I was playing his records all the time to friends when they’d come over. I’d say, ‘This guy is a great singer’ – and they thought this was some kind of inverse snobbery. But it wasn’t. Presley had that special kind of voice which makes your heart go out to a singer.quotedown2

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From Read Leonard Cohen’s exclusive interview with Hot Press from 1988 by Joe Jackson (Hot Press: 11 Nov 2016)

Leonard Sings Elvis

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