Must See Video: Leonard Cohen Performing In Paris – 1970

paris70Jo Meul alerts us to the online appearance of a video clip that is new to Jo & me, titled only “Leonard Cohen at Paris Olympia – 1970” featuring Leonard Cohen and his band playing portions of Partisan, Lady Midnight, & Tonight Will Be Fine.

Note: The images are reversed (unless Leonard & his band were showing off by playing left-handed)

Leonard Cohen:  Partisan, Lady Midnight, Tonight Will Be Fine
Olympia, Paris: May 12, 1970

Hear Quality Bootleg Of 1993 Leonard Cohen Zurich Concert & Bonus Tracks

numerisation_20170108-3Blossoms of Heaven Ashes of Hell is another of the nine or more bootlegs made from the FM broadcast of the 1993 Leonard Cohen Zurich show. One would expect it to be identical or similar to The Presence, which is also online at YouTube (see Listen To 1993 Leonard Cohen Zurich Concert Online) except this recording includes the following “Bonus tracks:”

  • Who By Fire? (Austin 31.10.1998)
  • Ballad Of The Runaway Horse
  • Joan Of Arc (Studio Version With Jennifer Warnes)
  • The Hypnotist (A Rare Fragment)

Scans of Blossoms of Heaven Ashes of Hell cover art & CDs contributed by Dominique BOILE.


Leonard Cohen | Blossoms of Heaven Ashes of Hell
Unofficial soundboard recording
Zurich: 1993
Uploaded by Joao Miguel Figueiredo Silva



Video: 2010 Leonard Cohen Florence Show – Famous Blue Raincoat Featuring Dino Soldo


And Jane came by with a lock of your hair
She said that you gave it to her
That night that you planned to go clear
Sincerely, L Cohen

Leonard Cohen – Famous Blue Raincoat
Piazza Santa Croce, Florence: Sept 1, 2010
Video by albertnoonan


Video: Leonard Cohen’s Outstanding Performance Of There Is A War – Boston 1993

bostonThere is a war between the rich and poor,
A war between the man and the woman.
There is a war between the ones who say there is a war
And the ones who say there isn’t.
Why don’t you come on back to the war, that’s right, get in it,
Why don’t you come on back to the war, it’s just beginning.

Featuring Bob Metzger On Guitar

Leonard Cohen performs an impressive, animated rendition of There Is A War with a splendid guitar solo by Bob Metzger at Berklee Performing Center, Boston on July 16, 1993. The video includes Leonard’s introduction to the song:

About a thousand years ago, there was this brief period of about 11 or 12 minutes, that is now referred to as the sixties, a hated time, an intoxicating time. I enjoyed myself thoroughly for five or six minutes. It has become a kind of black hole in the sociological cosmos, a kind of Bermuda Triangle, into which all the noblest and worthwhile ideas disappeared forever. A seductive moment, however being the gloomy chap that you know me to be, I was able to resist it. I think it was back in 1971 when it reached its most acute phase, it was then that I was inspired to write this mournful and bitter ditty in response to all the flabby liars of the Aquarian Age.

The sound is excellent; the visual elements are imperfect but can be watched easily and enjoyably.

Leonard Cohen – There Is A War
Berklee Performing Center, Boston: 16 July 1993
Uploaded by messalina79  aka Ruth Pietroni

2016 Cohencentric Highlights: Leonard Cohen’s New Song On Peaky Blinders – “You Want It Darker”


2016 Cohencentric Highlights: In 2016, posts about the deaths of Marianne Ihlen & Leonard Cohen, of course,garnered the most views by a wide margin. Of those posts on other topics, however, the video of Leonard Cohen’s New Song On Peaky Blinders – “You Want It Darker,” posted on , was the most popular,

Update: “You Want It Darker” is the title song from the new Leonard Cohen album coming out this fall. All information available about the You Want It Darker album by Leonard Cohen is collected and updated at Info & Updates: Leonard Cohen’s You Want It Darker

You Want It Darker” is the new Leonard Cohen song heard during an erotic asphyxiation scene (definitely NSFW) near the end of Season 3, Episode 5 of Peaky Blinders. The lyrics of “You Want It Darker” (the segment of the song used in Peaky Blinders) follow:

If you are the dealer
Let me out of the game
If you are the healer
I’m broken and lame
If thine is the glory
Mine must be the shame
You want it darker
We kill the flame

Update: The lyrics of the entire song can be found at Lyrics Of “You Want It Darker”

The video of the pertinent Peaky Blinders segment can be viewed below.

Video: Watch Complete 1988 Leonard Cohen San Sebastián Concert TV Broadcast – Without Subtitles

88ssOn , I posted that “the RTE recording of the entire May 20, 1988 Leonard Cohen San Sebastian concert, the only full-length live Leonard Cohen show ever broadcast on TV, is now online.” Now, the same broadcast is available without the annoying subtitles. (Note: This video does not include the interview that was part of that broadcast. For that interview see the first portion of Leonard Cohen San Sebastián Interview & Concert.)

Leonard Cohen San Sebastián Concert
Velodromo De Anoeta: May 20, 1988

Credit Due Department: Thanks to Jo Meul & Alan Mawhinney, who alerted me to this video.